KingstonSH103S3/240G
CrucialCT250MX200SSD1
$134

Controller: LSI SandForce SF2281VB1-SDC. NAND Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC. Release date: Q2 2012.

 $134 

Controller: Marvell 88SS9189. Flash Memory: Micron 16nm MLC. Release date: Q1 2015.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 49,008 user samples
25,289 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 97GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 200GB free (System drive)
Poor: 57% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 481st / 1058
23,719 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 188GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 232GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 269th / 1058
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
79.3 % 94.3 % Faster effective speed.
+19%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
373 MB/s 429 MB/s Faster read speed.
+15%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
238 MB/s 408 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+71%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
31.1 MB/s Faster random read.
+11%
28 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
80.3 MB/s 86 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+7%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
271 MB/s 340 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+25%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
39.6 MB/s +1% 39.4 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
176 MB/s 343 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
+95%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
444 MB/s 472 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
282 MB/s 469 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+66%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
38.7 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+18%
32.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
111 MB/s 117 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+5%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
316 MB/s 382 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
50.4 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+5%
48 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
219 MB/s 457 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
+109%
Market Share
Based on 47,122,388 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % Much higher market share.
+33%
0.03 %
Value
Value For Money
13 % Much better value.
+33%
9.78 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 55 % +4%
Price
Price (score)
$70 Much cheaper.
+48%
$134
Age
Newest
113 Months 80 Months More recent.
+29%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
296 MB/s 379 MB/s Faster peak deep queue read.
+28%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
269 MB/s 361 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
+34%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
988 Pts 1,230 Pts Stronger server IO.
+24%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
292 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+14%
257 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
252 MB/s 310 MB/s Faster deep queue read.
+23%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
208 MB/s 290 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
+39%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
220 MB/s +4% 212 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
240GB 250GB
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The HyperX 3K is an updated version of the regular HyperX, the only difference between the two SSDs is the grade of NAND flash. The regular HyperX's NAND flash is rated at 5,000 erase cycles vs 3,000 on the 3K version so broadly speaking the number of erase cycles before drive failure on the newer drive is approximately 40% less than on the original HyperX. The distinction is largely irrelevant for consumer users because even after 10 years neither of the drives are likely to come even close to their maximum number of erase cycles. As expected both HyperX's have very similar performance profiles which can be seen in this direct comparison of the two drives. Although the HyperX SSDs were strong contenders on release they are showing their age now and can no longer compete amongst the newer drives from Samsung and Plextor which are both cheaper and faster. [Jan '14 SSDrivePro]

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The 250GB Crucial MX200 is successor to the hugely successful MX100. Both drives use the same NAND and controller but the new MX200 features Dynamic Write Acceleration (DWA) which is a new dynamically sized SLC cache. Samsung were the first to introduce SLC caching on the 840 Evo nearly two years ago so Crucial are somewhat late to the party. SLC caches generally only help performance in corner case real word scenarios and benchmarks. I prefer drives without SLC caches because they offer more consistent and sustainable real world IO. Comparing the MX100 and MX200 shows that the newer MX200 has a significantly faster peak write speed which is of course explained by the new DWA cache. Price is the deciding factor between the MX100 and MX200 so although the MX200 isn't priced aggressively yet, it will almost certainly move up the value rankings when retailers build stocks and subsequently cut prices. [Feb '15 SSDrivePro]

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Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

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