Let us continue with the benchmark results. SATA3 drives are tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard. At present, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is used as the 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 512GB Crucial drive achieved in AHCI mode an enormously high sequential read and write performance.
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 the IDE mode (indicated by “pciide” firmware “MU01”) still reached 364 points. But in AHCI mode the result is more than double that.
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD benchmark results (SATA3 IDE):
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 the AS SSD benchmark tool is very high, more than twice as high is the total score in the AHCI mode with 882 points. The Crucial M500 480GB SSD reached 685 points, the Crucial M550 512GB SSD reached 907 points and the Crucial MX100 512GB SSD reached 856 points – each in AHCI mode tested on the same system. Usable capacity is higher than for the M500, but compared to the MX100 and M550 it has fallen back slightly.
Who think now about changing its SATA port in the BIOS from native IDE and/or legacy IDE to AHCI, should change first for example (if possible) only one part of the SATA port, where the drive with the operating system is not installed. 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 or Windows 8 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.
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD benchmark results (SATA3 AHCI):
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD iops results to measure the input/output speed (SATA3 in AHCI mode):
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the AS SSD copy benchmark values (SATA3 AHCI):
The comparison of the AS SSD benchmark results is extended with each new HDD/SSD test. There are some SSDs in comparison to the Crucial MX200 500 GB 2.5″ 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 a Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD, closely followed by the Crucial M550 512 GB mSATA, M.2 and SATA SSD – then followed by the new MX200 SSD.
Here is a comparison of the AS SSD benchmark values, which are getting updated with new drives:
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 SSD is the reading speed (green) from a transfer size of about 256KB higher than the write speed (red) and reaches the maximum read speed of 539267KB at a transfer size of 2048KB.
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the ATTO Disk benchmark values (SATA3 AHCI):
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, where the Crucial MX200 in ATTO is between the MX100 and the M550.
Here is a comparison of the ATTO disk benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:
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 497,6 MB/s and write values of 470.1 MB/s.
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskMark values (SATA3 AHCI):
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, where the Crucial MX200 500 GB SSD although reached not the top, but reached a similarly high read and write performance as the Crucial M550.
Here is a comparison of the CrystalDiskMark values, which are getting updated with soon coming 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 512GB SSD in AHCI mode during write operations uniform peaks and a 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 2,5″ SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, ADATA S511 120GB SSD at SATA3 AHCI, Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5″ 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, 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, 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 Series470 128GB SSD AHCI, Samsung Series470 128GB SSD Legacy IDE, Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5″ HDD at SATA3, Toshiba MK8007GAH 1.8″ hard disk drive.
Here is a Snipping screenhot of the HD Tach benchmark values:
The comparison of HD tach benchmark results shows the enormous speed of the Crucial MX200 500 GB SSD, which delivers in HD Tach a head to head race with the MX100 and M550 512 GB SSD and is well above the Crucial M500 480 GB SSD.
Here is an impressive comparison of the HD Tach benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:
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 500GB SSD is in SiSoftware Sandra with 23us extremly low and the drive index of 541.29 MB/s is very high.
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark read values (SATA3 AHCI):
In the write performance measurement, the average access time of the Crucial MX200 512 GB SSD in SiSoftware Sandra is also at extremely low 23us and the drive index reached very high 475.52 MB/s.
Here is a Snipping screenshot of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark write values (SATA3 AHCI):
Here is a comparison of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives: