Crucial MX100 512GB SATA SSD Review

Packaging

The packaging has Crucial’s typical flair. It has a semi-gloss finish and the drive is predominantly featured on the front.

The back of the package is fairly simplistic. There is some basic information about the drive, but little else.

The drive and accessories are located in a plastic tray inside the hinged box. Everything fits tightly and is well protected. A copy of Acronis True Image and a drive adapter are included.

Specifications

A Closer Look

The Crucial MX100 has a metallic silver painted surface. The logo decal has a nice finish to it and adds a splash of color. While this may look like the top of the drive, it is actually the bottom. It is a bit of an uncommon design.

The top cover features a metal cover held in place by four screws. Another decal makes an appearance here as well. This decal contain the product specific information.

Inside, we find a Marvell 88SS9189 controller, along with and Micron 64Gb 16nm (MLC) Flash. The PCB is secured with four screws. The shell is made from cast and stamped metal. This makes the MX100 heavier than most SSD.

The Crucial MX100’s PCB is two sided. On the backside we see Micron DDR3 SDRAM buffer chip and more Micron 64Gb 16nm (MLC) Flash. A thermal pad helps dissipate heat from the Marvell 88SS9189 controller to the drive’s housing.

Let’s move on to testing in the next page.



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