Average Bench: 83% (381st of 1016)

Based on 34,354 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 17.0% 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 137MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Crucial MX100 256GB is 37.5%. 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 226MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 174MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 34,354 samples)
Min Avg Max
330 Read 416 455
277 Write 318 332
237 Mixed 287 316
89.4 SusWrite 226 330
69.8% 312 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.4 4K Read 26.8 30.9
46.6 4K Write 91.6 121
26.6 4K Mixed 38 44.5
138% 52.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
56.2 DQ Read 174 243
123 DQ Write 274 312
44.1 DQ Mixed 137 182
128% 195 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
129GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 268 298 301 261 299 294 MB/s
Read 413
Write 331
Mixed 319
SusWrite 287
76% 337 MB/s
4K Read 29.9
4K Write 109
4K Mixed 42.7
158% 60.5 MB/s
DQ Read 182
DQ Write 294
DQ Mixed 145
136% 207 MB/s
67GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 285 275 237 194 193 176 MB/s
Read 435
Write 330
Mixed 304
SusWrite 226
72% 324 MB/s
4K Read 27.6
4K Write 86.4
4K Mixed 38.7
137% 50.9 MB/s
DQ Read 280
DQ Write 290
DQ Mixed 147
149% 239 MB/s
57GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 237 156 126 124 125 121 MB/s
Read 385
Write 324
Mixed 279
SusWrite 148
64% 284 MB/s
4K Read 27.4
4K Write 78.5
4K Mixed 38.1
132% 48 MB/s
DQ Read 182
DQ Write 311
DQ Mixed 66.3
101% 186 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,627,283 SSDs tested.

Typical MX100 256GB Builds (Compare 15,046 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 52%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 50%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $1,042

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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

10 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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