Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest memory and flash storage manufacturers in the world. They make computer memory upgrades (DRAM) and solid state drives (SSDs), and offer more than 250,000 upgrades for over 50,000 systems. They have a reputation for quality and their SSD’s are well regarded.
Crucial’s Limited Edition 750GB MX300 SATA SSD is the newest entry to Crucial’s long line of solid state drives. in the crowded solid state drive market. The MX200 uses thenew Marvell 88SS1074 controller then what we have seen in previous Crucial drives. The rated speeds of up to 530 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write are interesting. The read speed is actually rated lover than the previous MX200, though the write speed has improved slightly.
So what would explain the slightly lower specifications of the newer drive? Micron 3D NAND. This is the most advanced storage technology Crucial has used in and SSD. It promised far better read and write speeds with smaller file size than the NAND that Crucial has used in their previous drives. Additional capacities and form factors will be coming later this year. Eventually, the product line will include 275GB, 525GB, and 1050GB versions as well.
So why is this a “limited edition” drive? Crucial was eager to showcase the speed and reliability of new Micron 3D NAND and couldn’t wait to debut it in a large and affordable capacity. Sounds good to us. We can not wait to see what this new drive can do.
Crucial's take on the MX300 750GB SATA SSD
Accelerated by Micron 3D NAND: The latest Micron 3D NAND technology turns the MX300 into more than just a storage container – it’s an engine that loads and saves everything you do and use. Micron 3D NAND is engineered with larger NAND cells that improve performance and prolong endurance, resulting in sequential reads/writes up to 530 / 510 MB/s on all file types, random reads/writes up to 92k / 83k on all file types, and an endurance rating of up to 220TB total bytes written.
Enhanced features and benefits
The Crucial MX300 delivers more than just fast boot, load, save, and file transfer times. Improve system performance and protect data more securely with these enhanced features.
Dynamic Write Acceleration: This technology uses an adaptable pool of high-speed, single-level cell flash memory to generate blistering speeds throughout the drive’s long life.
Extreme Energy Efficiency: The Crucial MX300 extends laptop battery life by using only 0.075W of power – that’s over 90x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive, which uses 6.8W.
Crucial Storage Executive: This complimentary downloadable tool is easy to use and helps monitor and enhance the performance of the Crucial MX300. With the tool, users can update to the latest firmware and enable the Momentum Cache feature to instantly improve burst performance by up to 10x.
Encryption: Keep personal files and confidential data secure from hackers and thieves with top level, government-grade AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption that meets or exceeds all industry standards, including Microsoft® eDrive, IEEE-1667, and TCG Opal 2.0.
RAIN: Protect your data at the component level with RAIN technology, which stores data in multiple locations on the drive for increased reliability. This high-end feature works similar to how RAID is used with multiple hard drives.
Exclusive Data Defense: Prevent photos, music, videos, and other files from becoming corrupted and unusable with exclusive technology that protects the components data is stored on.
Inherent durability: Since SSDs don’t use moving parts that wear out over time (like hard drives), files are less susceptible to a crash. SSDs can also survive physical trauma, like getting dropped, since they don’t rely on mechanical parts.
Packaging and Specifications are up next.