Average Bench: 82.4% (432nd of 1058)

Based on 51,621 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]

Very good average bench

The Crucial MX100 256GB averaged just 17.5% 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-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 145MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 36.9MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX100 256GB is 36%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Crucial MX100 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 242MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 287MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 51,621 samples)
Min Avg Max
327 Read 415 456
285 Write 318 331
233 Mixed 287 316
97.6 SusWrite 242 330
70.6% 315 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.1 4K Read 26.5 30.5
43.7 4K Write 86.3 116
25.4 4K Mixed 36.9 43.9
133% 49.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
129 DQ Read 180 269
106 DQ Write 268 312
63 DQ Mixed 145 182
132% 198 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
51GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 182 140 181 169 176 171 MB/s
Read 446
Write 327
Mixed 303
SusWrite 170
70% 312 MB/s
4K Read 29
4K Write 87.4
4K Mixed 40.4
142% 52.3 MB/s
DQ Read 183
DQ Write 310
DQ Mixed 148
140% 214 MB/s
108GB free
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 329 330 332 332 333 333 MB/s
Read 398
Write 332
Mixed 260
SusWrite 332
74% 330 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 68.8
4K Mixed 31.6
115% 41.8 MB/s
DQ Read 181
DQ Write 297
DQ Mixed 179
153% 219 MB/s
88GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 270 200 197 209 202 205 MB/s
Read 303
Write 330
Mixed 287
SusWrite 214
64% 284 MB/s
4K Read 10.7
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 19
96% 44.8 MB/s
DQ Read 56.9
DQ Write 310
DQ Mixed 55.2
80% 141 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,561,650 SSDs tested.

Typical MX100 256GB Builds (Compare 9,394 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Average Total price: $954

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

 Comments

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

The choice between speed and capacity is over, choose both...

Added 7 years ago.

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4 years ago.

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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


Good

7 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

I had it for 4 years now and it havent faild me once 8 months after the review, a goddam sata powercable fired it.


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