Crucial BX300 3D MLC SSD Review: Page 6 of 7

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Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:00am

Testing & Performance

Anvil Storage Utilities

Anvil's Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and write performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive.

The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

Anvil’s Storage Utilities has been designed to be the most comprehensive benchmark tool for Solid State Drives on the market. That does not mean that you can’t use it for conventional platter-based drives as well, but you do get the most out of the program when you test the speed and performance of SSDs with it. The program has gone through a series of beta and release candidate builds already and is currently available as Release Candidate 3. It is usually linked from this forum thread, which currently is not the case for the RC build which you can download here directly. You can’t use previous builds as they are set to expire automatically.

You can run a benchmark right away by selecting a drive from the menu at the top right or check out the settings first to make sure everything is configured correctly here. Here you can simulate a compression level of the test file, e.g. database, application or uncompressed, and whether you’d like to use the same test file on consecutive runs or generate a new one every time. As far as benchmarks go, you can run a standard SSD benchmark that is testing read, write, or both performances of the drive, or run threaded IO benchmarks only.



Anvil shows a maximum of 528.52MB/s at 132.13 IOPS having read 2048.0MB with a fast response time of 7.5684ms. The speed varies across the different tests with the highest IOPS at 72,601.21 IOPS om the 4K QD4 test. Of course, the lowest speed was 34.95MB/s on the brutal 4K test at 8,946.03 IOPS.


Highest read was sequential 4MB at 478.28MB/s and 119.57 IOPS. The highest IOPS number came in at a blazing 87,550.38 on the 4K QD 16 test (4K Queue Depth 16) and turned a speed of 341.99MB/s. Again the slowest speed is awarded to the 4K test at 133.45MB/s 34,164.03 IOPS.


ATTO Disk Benchmark

As the industry's leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.


ATTO is the industry standard for HD speed specifications and almost all companies use it for the advertised speed of their drives. Here we see the Crucial BX300 480GB 3D MLC SSD exceeding it’s advertised speed and running at 563.151MB/s Read and 527.637MB/s Write. The drive it’s it’s stride at about 16K transfers increasing as transfer sizes get larger.



CrystalDiskInfo confirms we are working with a Crucial BX300 480GB SSD with a SATA 6 interface and everything looks as advertised so we are good to go here.

Crystal Disk Mark 5.0.2 x64

CrystalDiskMark is a piece of software that allows you to benchmark your hard drive or solid state drive, the purpose of benchmarking is to make sure that your HDD or SSD is performing optimally. CrystalDiskMark is only available on Windows and can be all major Windows Releases, it even works on Windows 10 Tech Preview.

CrystalDiskMark lets you select any drive that you want and perform a number of tests on them to measure performance for reading and writing. It will run sequential read and write tests as well as random read and write tests and will display the results in MB/s and IOPS.


CrystalDiskMark also shows that SATA 6 blazing speed with Sequential read Q32TI hitting 557.7MB/s and the write hitting 515.3MB/s. The sadistic 4K test shows us in at 36.70MB/s read and 141.1 Write.

We found a little different version of CDM so we went ahead and ran it because we are benchmark addicts.


The CrystalDiskMark 4 DEV5 Shizuku Edition X64 shows a max write speed of 563.2MB/s read and 522.1MB/s both exceeding advertised specifications. The 4K test must be different than the previous edition because we get 67.83MB/s read at the 4K level and 266.5 write.

SiSoft Sandra

SiSoftware Sandra is a 32- and 64-bit client/server Windows system analyzer that includes benchmarking, testing and listing modules. It tries to go beyond other utilities to show you more of what is really going on under the hood so you draw comparisons at both a high and low-level in a single product. You can get information about the CPU, GPGPU, chipset, video adapter (GPU), ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals even .NET and Java.


Sisoft Sandra shows us a 536.59MB/s drive score with a 10ms random access time coming in a little ahead of the Toshiba drive we reviewed recently.

PCMark 8


PCMark 8 loved the Crucial BX 300 and we got a storage bandwidth of 264.39MB/s and a storage score of 4970.


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