Average Bench: 82.5% (433rd of 1058)

Based on 52,048 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 36.8MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX100 256GB is 39%. 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 240MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 288MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 52,048 samples)
Min Avg Max
331 Read 416 454
281 Write 317 332
244 Mixed 288 317
104 SusWrite 240 330
70.6% 315 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.8 4K Read 26.5 30.4
40.6 4K Write 87 118
23.5 4K Mixed 36.8 44.1
133% 50.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
115 DQ Read 181 280
108 DQ Write 267 313
69.6 DQ Mixed 145 183
132% 198 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
238GB free
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 286 330 327 330 332 333 MB/s
Read 414
Write 330
Mixed 293
SusWrite 323
76% 340 MB/s
4K Read 28.8
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 44.7
165% 64.8 MB/s
DQ Read 172
DQ Write 310
DQ Mixed 184
156% 222 MB/s
222GB free
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 333 334 334 333 332 332 MB/s
Read 439
Write 329
Mixed 290
SusWrite 333
78% 348 MB/s
4K Read 29.8
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 42.6
158% 61.1 MB/s
DQ Read 179
DQ Write 312
DQ Mixed 182
156% 225 MB/s
98GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 295 250 245 242 244 248 MB/s
Read 396
Write 326
Mixed 274
SusWrite 254
70% 312 MB/s
4K Read 24.9
4K Write 62.3
4K Mixed 32.2
112% 39.8 MB/s
DQ Read 198
DQ Write 307
DQ Mixed 150
142% 218 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 55,019,999 SSDs tested.

Typical MX100 256GB Builds (Compare 10,606 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $150

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

Popular MX100 256GB compatible motherboards:

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 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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5 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

3 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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