Average Bench: 83.5% (363rd of 1011)

Based on 32,800 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]

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Very good average bench

The Crucial MX100 256GB averaged just 16.5% 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 141MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 37.9MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX100 256GB is 35.8%. 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 231MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 179MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 32,800 samples)
Min Avg Max
334 Read 418 455
280 Write 319 332
247 Mixed 290 315
94.7 SusWrite 231 330
70.3% 314 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.1 4K Read 26.8 31
48.3 4K Write 91.8 121
26 4K Mixed 37.9 44.6
138% 52.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
99.5 DQ Read 179 281
136 DQ Write 276 313
63.9 DQ Mixed 141 182
131% 199 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
137GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 267 227 256 260 250 256 MB/s
Read 470
Write 328
Mixed 309
SusWrite 253
76% 340 MB/s
4K Read 30.9
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 44.4
166% 64.6 MB/s
DQ Read 184
DQ Write 285
DQ Mixed 149
137% 206 MB/s
96GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 237 163 188 186 181 178 MB/s
Read 418
Write 321
Mixed 279
SusWrite 189
67% 302 MB/s
4K Read 27.2
4K Write 98.9
4K Mixed 39.7
144% 55.3 MB/s
DQ Read 170
DQ Write 309
DQ Mixed 137
133% 205 MB/s
110GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 232 177 170 170 173 176 MB/s
Read 360
Write 282
Mixed 209
SusWrite 183
58% 258 MB/s
4K Read 20.4
4K Write 44.8
4K Mixed 24.4
86% 29.9 MB/s
DQ Read 103
DQ Write 45.3
DQ Mixed 53.1
45% 67.1 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,588,596 SSDs tested.

Typical MX100 256GB Builds (Compare 12,848 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 50%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 43% - Average Total price: $1,013

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 Comments

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

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

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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

5 years ago.


Excellent

6 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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