Crucial BX100 1TB Solid State Drive Review

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Introduction


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After having tested the Crucial BX100 500GB SSD a little while ago, it has now become time to take the 1TB model a test drive on my test setup.

“We designed the MX200 and BX100 to meet the varied needs of the market, making it easier for anyone to move to an SSD, whether they are a seasoned computer enthusiast or an absolute beginner, all while keeping value top of mind,” said Jonathan Weech, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. “These drives leverage Micron’s years of heritage in storage technology to deliver advanced features and performance, resulting in an unparalleled SSD experience for our consumers.”

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The BX100 is a budget series of SSD drives, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice a whole lot of performance. The drive still promises sequential operations up to 535MB/s reading and 450MB/s when writing – on all file types. The random performance is rated for up to 90k IOPS.

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The BX100 series is the first of Crucial’s drives to use the Silicon Motion SM2245EN controller, a controller we’ve seen perform great in other drives. Inside the drive, we also find 16 Micron NAND and two Micron RAM cache chips.

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The BX100 also has a pretty good feature list with thermal monitoring, data path protection, active garbage collection, TRIM and SMART support as well as Error Correction Code (ECC). The only thing that could be considered missing is the hardware encryption.

It has comes rated with a life expectancy of 1.5 million hours MTBF and an endurance rating of up to 72TB total bytes written (TBW). That would equal 40GB of data being written every day for a five year period – two years longer than the three-year warranty, so the stability and safety on this drive should be guaranteed.

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The Crucial BX100 SSD isn’t the fastest drive on the market, but it’s not designed to be. By treating all data the same, the Crucial BX100 allows you to do everything quickly whether you’re saving an image, accessing a ZIP file, or loading a video – on a budget.

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With a 1TB capacity like we’re getting from this drive, we decrease the consideration to replace the old mechanical drives significantly. An SSD such as the BX100 will perform over fifteen times faster than a typical hard drive, be two times more reliable, be over twice as energy-efficient, and generally be more durable due to better shock resistance and lower heat creation. If the price matches the performance, it could be a winner.

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Test Procedure


Test system:

  • Supermicro C7Z97-OCE
  • Intel Xeon E3-1230Lv3
  • Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz
  • Corsair H100i
  • BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 850W
  • Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD

Software used:

  • Aida64
  • Anvil’s Storage Utilities 1.1.0
  • AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739
  • ATTO Benchmark 2.46
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3

In a bid to make our testing as thorough and as accurate as possible, we have devised a testing methodology to give us the maximum amount of data. Whilst this means that testing each drive will take considerably longer to test – nearly 36 hours in fact, the picture that we are able to build upon the overall performance of each drive is far clearer, providing a more accurate analysis at how a drive performs under different conditions.

I will be testing the drives performance when it is clean and fresh out of the box and then start to fill it up with data, namely 25%, 50% and 75% of the drives capacity and rerun the tests under each of these scenarios. I’ll be using the same sample files under each test to keep the results as consistent as possible. The files in question are a collection of files from my personal NAS, composed of a mixture of small and big files, media, programs, and archives.

On top of this, I will also take the wear on the NAND into consideration and this process obviously takes a long time to perform – so long under real world conditions that it is simply not practical. In order to accelerate this conditioning process I will use the SSD endurance test that lies within Anvils Storage Utilities and read / write 15TB of data to the drive through a process of filling the drive with thousands of small files of various sizes and compressibility (with randomised duration between each of the writes), then reading each of them back with a randomised time between each file. After this has completed, the data is then erased and the process starts again. This process of conditioning the drive can take anywhere upwards of 12-15 hours on a typical 256GB SATA III SSD, however the performance and capacity of the drive will influence the time it takes to condition the drive.

Following the conditioning process, the benchmarking process described above is repeated again with the volume filled with the same sample data to each percentage between test runs. Furthermore between each benchmark, the drive will get a TRIM command sent and further left alone for a while to make sure the TRIM command has done its job. TRIM can heavily impact a drives performance as it takes place, so allowing a period of time between tests will eliminate this factor and any subsequent false performance figures.

On each page that follows with the benchmark results, I have inserted the screenshots from the benchmark results, created a drive analysis chart for fill-level as well as a drive comparison chart for each software used.

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AIDA64


AIDA64 is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. It provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring.

It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives and is compatible with most Microsoft Windows operating systems. It also has a disk benchmark tool, and that is the one we’ll be using.

Fresh Drive

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Conditioned Drive

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Drive Performance

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Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

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Anvil’s Storage Utilities


Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a new benchmarking utility that we have started using here at eTeknix, it’s completely free to download and has the ability to test mainly hard drives and solid state drives, but also any other form of storage medium that you can throw at it.

As well as testing the drive in a variety of benchmarking tests, it also has a drive endurance test that consistently reads and writes data to the selected medium to give days, months and potentially even years of use in a shorter period of time to see how the drive copes in the longer term.

Compressible Data

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Incompressible Data

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Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

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AS SSD


The AS SSD software determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains five synthetic and three practice tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are performed without using the operating system caches. In Sequential tests, the program measures the time it takes to read and write a 1 GB file respectively. To give a clearer picture of the drives tested, I’ve chosen to include all tests. Special the copy test is one that I think is relevant on the consumer level as it gives the user a view into one of the operations he’s going to do many times.

New Drive

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Conditioned

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Drive Performance

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Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

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ATTO


The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

Fresh Drive

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Conditioned

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Drive Performance

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Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

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CrystalDiskMark


CrystalDiskMark is a small HDD benchmark utility for your hard drive that enables you to rapidly measure sequential and random 4KB/512KB read/write speeds.

Fresh Drive

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Conditioned

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Drive Performance

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Drive Comparison

For the purpose of drive comparison, I will be using the performance figures from both unconditioned and conditioned tests with 0% data-fill.

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Final Thoughts


Pricing

Crucial really created a budget line, easily making the BX100 series the cheapest SSDs at the time of review. You can pick up one of these 1TB models for £319.99 at Overclockers UK, £319.41 at Amazon, £307.32 at Scan Computers, and £305.94 at Aria PC. North American readers can find the drive at Amazon or NewEgg for $374.99 while German readers can find it starting at €362.73 through Geizhals.

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Conclusion

The Crucial BX100 1TB model performed just as great as the previously tested 500GB model. We saw a good performance over all of our tests, with both compressible and incompressible data, no matter how much data was on the drive. Throughout the review, we saw many of the charts line fully up on top of each other, a clear sign on how steady this drive performs.

Figure wise, the drive demonstrated sequential reads up to 585MB/s and writes up to 460MB/s. In random 4K performance tests, the BX100 1TB scored around the 70K IOPS at both reading and writing.

The simple design of Crucial is continued on this latest drive, we get a silver driver with two stickers. On the bottom of the drive we find the sticker with all the relevant information such as firmware revision, serial number, and certifications. The top has the usual Crucial design with the series logo in the background and Crucial printed on top of it; it’s an SSD, what more could one want from a storage drive.

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Low price
  • Steady performance
  • 9.5mm adapter included

Cons

  • Not the king of writes, but still pulls 460MB/s and 70K IOPS

Neutral

  • No 3.5-inch adapter

“The Crucial BX100 1TB gives you great performance and more storage for your hard-earned money, while making the need for mechanical drives seems like ancient history.”

Bang-For-Buck

Crucial BX100 1TB Solid State Drive Review

Thanks to Crucial for providing us with this sample.

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Procedure
  3. Aida64
  4. Anvil's Storage Utilities
  5. AS SSD
  6. ATTO
  7. CrystalDiskMark
  8. Final Thoughts
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