CrucialCT275MX300SSD1
CrucialCT256M4SSD2
$218

Controller: Marvell 88SS1074. Flash Memory: Micron 3D TLC. Release date: Q2 2016.

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Controller: Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2. Flash Memory: Micron Synchronous 25nm MLC. Release date: Q2 2011.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 44,610 user samples
34,658 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 53GB free
Worst Bench: 56% 92GB free (System drive)
Poor: 56% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 434th / 1011
9,952 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% 146GB free
Worst Bench: 44% 41GB free (System drive)
Poor: 44% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 719th / 1011
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
79.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+30%
61 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
431 MB/s 431 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
383 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+59%
241 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
24.2 MB/s Faster random read.
+21%
20 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
87.2 MB/s Faster random write.
+16%
74.9 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
336 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+35%
249 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
34.2 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+134%
14.6 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
214 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+8%
199 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
472 MB/s 492 MB/s +4%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
477 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+79%
267 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
28.4 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+21%
23.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
118 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+11%
106 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
399 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+46%
274 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
41.7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+115%
19.4 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
264 MB/s 264 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 18,503,312 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % Hugely higher market share.
+300%
0.05 %
Value
Value For Money
9.64 % Hugely better value.
+115%
4.48 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % More popular.
+20%
56 %
Price
Price (score)
$120 Much cheaper.
+45%
$218
Age
Newest
40 Months Much more recent.
+61%
102 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
236 MB/s Faster peak deep queue read.
+28%
184 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
325 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
+37%
237 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
973 Pts Stronger server IO.
+29%
755 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
307 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+830%
33 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
210 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
+64%
128 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
256 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue write.
+88%
136 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
238 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue mixed IO.
+904%
23.7 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
275GB 256GB
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The 275GB Crucial MX300 supersedes the MX200. Unlike its predecessor, the MX300 is TLC based and therefore suffers from weak write speeds in comparison to MLC drives. The MX300 utilises a sophisticated algorithm to enable fast burst write speeds provided that there is sufficient free space on the disk but as the drive fills up write performance drops to the relatively poor levels seen on other TLC drives (similar to mechanical drives). At current prices (70 USD) the MX300 competes well with other low end drives such as the OCZ Trion, Adata SP550 and Samsung 750 EVO. As stocks build the MX300 is likely to see further price cuts, so it could become a very interesting value proposition. See the current value leaders here[Sep '16 SSDrivePro]

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The Crucial M4 is one of the oldest SSD's to have made it into the group test. When it was released its primary competitors were Sandforce based drives which suffered from two major problems: reliability and weak incompressible data performance. As a result this drive was one of the top drives of its time. That was back in Apr '11. Today the M4 is no longer able to compete and scores below average (377.9 MB/s) on the Real World Speed Index benchmark and way below average (676) on the deep queue depth orientated AS-SSD Total score benchmark. Of course these figures are still far faster than any mechanical hard drive and owners of this drive should feel in no hurry to upgrade. People looking to make a new purchase will find much better value elsewhere. [Apr '13 SSDrivePro]

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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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