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Crucial MX100 128GB: A Cheap But Good SSD For Linux Systems

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 June 2014
Written by Michael Larabel
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Crucial is out with a new solid-state drive line-up that's generating a lot of interest due to its lower price-per-Gigabyte than competing drives or even their former drives. The Crucial MX100 is the new SSD series and today we're testing out the Crucial MX100 128GB SSD, which costs just $80 USD (or about $0.62 per GB while the higher-capacity MX100 SSDs are comparatively even cheaper with the 512GB version costing less than $0.50 per GB).

The Crucial MX100 SSDs utilize Micron 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND memory and build upon the designs of Crucial's M500 and M550 drives and uses the Marvell 88SS9189 controller of the M550. The initial MX100 SSDs are offered in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. The 120GB model has sequential reads of 550MB/s with sequential writes of 150MB/s. The 128GB MX100 is rated for 4KB random read 80K IOPS and 40K IOPS for 4KB random writes. The MX100 512GB driver maxes out with up to 500MB/s sequential writes (while maintaining 550MB/s sequential reads) and 90K IOPS for 4KB random reads and 85K IOPS for 4KB random writes. CT128MX100SSD1 is the model number of the SSD being reviewed at Phoronix today.

Crucial rates the Serial ATA 3.0 MX100 drives for 72TB worth of writes, or about 65GB per day over a three year period. Crucial backs the MX100 line-up with a three year warranty. The 2.5-inch 7mm SSD does include a 9.5mm adapter bracket for those that need it.

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