Benchmark values and test results …
Let us continue with the benchmark results. SATA3 drives are tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard (for comparing with the very first SSD results) and test results of M.2 and mSATA modules are performed using an ASRock Z97 Extreme6 motherboard. At present, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is used as operating system.
The SSD drive speed was examined and compared with the following benchmark software:
AS SSD Benchmark 1.4.3704.27281 – Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 – Download
CrystalDiskMark 3.00 – Download
HD Tach 3.040 – Download
SiSoftware Sandra 2011 – Download
The SSD benchmark values offers a very good reference point of the maximal possible reading and writing performance, the speed with smaller files and the respective access time. The Crucial 500 GB SSD achieved an enormously high sequential read and write speed in AHCI mode.
Although you should operate the SSD in AHCI mode, we have spared no effort to run all benchmarks additionally in IDE mode. The total score in IDE mode (indicated by “pciide” below firmware MU02) reached 420 points, but in AHCI mode the result is nearly three times higher.
In AHCI mode also another result beneath the read performance was much higher than in the IDE mode and that is the important value “4K-64Thrd”. 4K means that small 4K blocks are read and/or written and with the 4K 64Thrd this is distributed on 64 Threads at the same time. Thus the benchmark program simulate for example a typical program start.
Because the weighting of this value in AS SSD benchmark tool is very high, the total score in AHCI mode is nearly three times higher with 1121 points. The Crucial M550 512GB M.2 SSD reached 1091 points in AHCI mode on the same mSATA test system. The usable capacity is slightly lower than the MX100 and M550 – from 476.94 GB to 465.76 GB.
Who now think about changing the SATA port in the BIOS from native / legacy IDE to AHCI, should first change for example only one part of the SATA port, where the drive with the operating system is not installed, if this is supported by the motherboard. Because if one like to save the new Windows installation, one must install the hard disk controller driver before changing SATA mode from IDE to AHCI – alternatively there are also Registry entries for it. If you like to upgrade from HDD to SSD, you should not copy the content 1:1 only with a tool like Norton Ghost or Acronis Backup. It is better to install a fresh Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 or adjust at least the SSD Alignment. We help you with questions to this topic or all other PC related questions at any time 24/7 in our PC Forum.
The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test. Here you can see some SSDs in comparison to the Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD, and the graphic will be updated periodically with new SSD drives. At the moment the top of total AS SSD scores is lead from the Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe SSD, followed by the Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD, then followed by the Crucial M550 512GB mSATA SSD and then followed by this new MX200 mSATA 500GB SSD.
The ATTO disk benchmark values gives a very good overview about the write and read rate on different file sizes. These values are maximum ratings, which are different to the previously continuous transfer rate benchmarks, since this benchmark may even reach a higher overall performance with slower SSDs.
At the Crucial MX200 500 GB mSATA SSD is the read speed (green) from a transfer size of about 64KB higher than the write speed (red) and reaches the maximum read speed of 563151KB at a transfer size of 512KB.
The ATTO disk benchmark values are compared with a small transfer size of 32KB and a large transfer size of 8192KB. The bar chart already includes a comparison to some SSDs and HDDs, which joins the Crucial MX200 mSATA in ATTO between the MX200 500GB M.2 SSD and the M550 512GB M.2 SSD.
With CrystalDiskMark one receives a balanced measurement of the performance with different transfer sizes.
Here especially the 4K-64Threads values like before has enormously high sequential read values of 524.9 MB/s and write values of 498.8 MB/s.
The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results once again compared with other SSDs and platter drives, which are extended step by step. In the CrystalDiskMark comparison one can see significant differences between the to-date tested of the Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives.
With HD Tach one can measure the gradient of the performance, but the SSD transfer is not comparable with a conventional HDD. New logical NAND cell access of the SSD controller results like some other equal designed SSDs in strong varying values with the latest HD Tach Version 220.127.116.11 version, which is written for hard disk drives.
HD Tach shows the Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD in AHCI mode during write operations uniform peaks and a well-known continuous read rate with the lowest displayed access time display of approx. 0.0ms.
To compare these results you can move the mouse over the following drives to see their respective benchmark results:
Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial BX100 1TB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 1TB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 500GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M500 480GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB M.2 SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial M550 512GB mSATA SSD at SATA3 AHCI, 2x Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 RAID, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 128GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 000F at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0309 at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0002 at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial m4 256GB SSD FW 0309 at SATA3 IDE, Crucial m4 256GB 2.5″ SSD FW 0002 at SATA3, Crucial C300 64GB 1.8″ SSD at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3, Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA2, Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB HDD, Intel SSD 750 1200GB PCIe Karte Gen3 x4, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Fusion 60GB SSD SATA3 IDE, MX-DS Turbo 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, OCZ Agility 128GB SSD, OCZ Vector 180 480GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD PCIe AHCI, 2x Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 RAID0, Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB 2.5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Samsung Series 470 128GB SSD AHCI, Samsung Series 470 128GB SSD Legacy IDE, Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5″ HDD at SATA3, Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8″ HDD.
The comparison of HD Tach benchmark results shows the high read rate of the Crucial MX200 500GB mSATA SSD, which is in HD Tach even before the Crucial BX100 1TB SSD result.
Of course, SiSoftware Sandra benchmark should not be missing in this test series. SiSoftware offers with their SiSoft Sandra program a very comprehensive tool, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.
The average access time of the Crucial MX200 500 GB mSATA SSD is in SiSoftware Sandra with 19us extremly low and the drive index of 535.84 MB/s is very high.
In the write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial MX200 500 GB mSATA SSD in SiSoftware Sandra is also at extremely low 18us and the drive index reached very high 471.38 MB/s.