Average Bench: 82% (419th of 1040)

Based on 44,869 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 17.9% 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 142MB/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 35.6%. 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 234MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 289MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 44,869 samples)
Min Avg Max
331 Read 415 457
239 Write 314 331
241 Mixed 289 316
99.9 SusWrite 234 330
70% 313 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.4 4K Read 26.4 30.6
45.4 4K Write 86.7 118
24.1 4K Mixed 36.9 44.3
133% 50 MB/s
Min Avg Max
162 DQ Read 181 250
117 DQ Write 271 313
66.3 DQ Mixed 142 182
131% 198 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
135GB free
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 299 313 317 315 313 313 MB/s
Read 442
Write 324
Mixed 288
SusWrite 312
76% 341 MB/s
4K Read 28.5
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 40.9
151% 57.8 MB/s
DQ Read 168
DQ Write 299
DQ Mixed 84.4
106% 184 MB/s
38GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 249 191 184 192 178 172 MB/s
Read 422
Write 329
Mixed 286
SusWrite 194
69% 308 MB/s
4K Read 27.4
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 42.5
154% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 321
DQ Write 312
DQ Mixed 146
156% 259 MB/s
86GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 229 190 180 173 170 163 MB/s
Read 443
Write 305
Mixed 268
SusWrite 184
67% 300 MB/s
4K Read 26.9
4K Write 90.1
4K Mixed 33.8
132% 50.3 MB/s
DQ Read 187
DQ Write 283
DQ Mixed 144
134% 205 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 34,694,548 SSDs tested.

Typical MX100 256GB Builds (Compare 5,376 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $150

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

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 Comments

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

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

Added 6 years ago.

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3 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

6 years ago.


Excellent

21 months 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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