Average Bench: 81.2% - 166th / 836

Based on 8,778 user benchmarks.  Models: Crucial_CT256MX100SSD1, Crucial_ CT256MX100SSD1, Crucial_ Crucial_CT256MX1, Crucial_CT256MX1, Crucial_ CT256MX100SS

The Crucial MX100 is the first 16nm SSD to date. Aside from NAND, the MX100 shares the same hardware as its more expensive sibling, the M550. Comparing the MX100 and M550 shows that the two drives have similar read speeds but that the MX100 lags by nearly 50% at writing. The newer 16nm NAND reduces costs and accordingly the MX100 is the cheapest SSD (per GB) to date. In terms of performance the MX100 is a compromise which may or may not be worth making depending on individual circumstances. For typical desktop use including email, office documents and web browsing the MX100 is a great choice but power users should look elsewhere. Comparing the 250GB 840 EVO and 256GB MX100 shows that for a marginal premium, the Evo offers better write speeds. (Note: at 500GB they are more evenly matched) [Jun '14 SSDrivePro]

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Very good average bench

The Crucial MX100 256GB averaged just 18.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Crucial MX100 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 83.8MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 25.6MB/s
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Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX100 256GB is 35.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial MX100 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 125MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 35MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,778 samples)
Min Avg Max
369 Read 495 521
303 Write 322 332
249 Mixed 372 396
87.8% 396 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.3 4K Read 25.6 31
37.3 4K Write 83.8 121
13.8 4K Mixed 24.8 33.4
115% 44.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22 DQ Read 125 241
49.5 DQ Write 206 305
13.7 DQ Mixed 35 51.7
63.3% 122 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
9GB free
Firmware: MU01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 519
Write 329
Mixed 390
91% 413 MB/s
4K Read 27
4K Write 61.8
4K Mixed 29.9
112% 39.6 MB/s
DQ Read 137
DQ Write 289
DQ Mixed 47.8
83% 158 MB/s
12GB free
Firmware: MU01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 518
Write 326
Mixed 393
91% 413 MB/s
4K Read 31.1
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 21.3
134% 55 MB/s
DQ Read 32.3
DQ Write 138
DQ Mixed 20.9
35% 63.6 MB/s
153GB free
Firmware: MU02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 473
Write 327
Mixed 389
88% 396 MB/s
4K Read 30.5
4K Write 97.6
4K Mixed 20
123% 49.3 MB/s
DQ Read 30.1
DQ Write 116
DQ Mixed 19.9
31% 55.4 MB/s
210GB free
Firmware: MU02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 498
Write 324
Mixed 388
89% 403 MB/s
4K Read 22.7
4K Write 101
4K Mixed 16.2
109% 46.8 MB/s
DQ Read 25.1
DQ Write 112
DQ Mixed 16.5
28% 51.3 MB/s

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,130,604 SSDs tested.

Typical MX100 256GB Builds (Compare 3,578 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $960

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Controller: Marvell 88SS9189. Flash Memory: Micron 16nm MLC.

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As a pure drive it's average, as a price leader it's superb. The bang for the buck makes it hard to beat.—Dec '14


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