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Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Review.

Posted 17 May 2012 11:21 CET by Antonis Sapanidis

Review:  Crucial Adrenaline SSD Reviewed by: Vroom Provided by: Crucial Firmware: 0309 Manufactured by Micron Technology

Crucial was kind enough to send me the Adrenaline 50GB SSD drive for a review. The Crucial Adrenaline is designed by and manufactured by Micron Technology, it uses the Micron's 25nm NAND technology and it also has a SATA3 controller from Marvell. The Crucial Adrenaline is a Hybrid solution, which means that the drive is used to cache frequently used files, therefore improving the overall performance of your system, without losing the benefit of the extra capacity that a mechanical drive offers.

Company Information

I’m sure most MyCE members will be familiar with the Crucial brand name. Crucial has been manufacturing high performance, high quality PC memory, SSDs, and other PC related hardware for many years.

If you would like to find out more about Crucial, you can visit the Crucial website

Packaging

Front

Back

    

Left and right side

Top side

Bottom side

As we can see, Crucial has done a very good job with the packaging of the Adrenaline drive. Now let’s take a closer look at what you can find inside the SSD & KIT boxes.

Here's the front of the SSD box, and inside you will find the drive and the serial number for the DataplexTM software

Rear side of the Crucial Adrenaline SSD

Front side of the Crucial Adrenaline.

This is the card that has the link for you to register your drive and then download the Dataplex software.

Front of the box, inside you can find four screws, an SATA cable, a 3.5” bracket and the three year warrant card.

You can see all the accessories the picture above.


Inside the Crucial Adrenaline

The time has come to take a closer look at the Crucial Adrenaline SSD.

 

Front side of the PCB

Rear of the PCB

On the top of the PCB we can see the Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 SATA3 controller and eight 25nm NAND's manufactured by Micron, on the reverse side the PCB is empty, and also there is the buffer for the drive.

A close look at the Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 SATA3 controller. The Marvell controller can deliver a very high performance with excellent TRIM support.

Micron's 25nm NAND.

 

Now let's move on to the Dataplex software....

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