Review: Crucial MX300
Reviewed by: Antonis Sapanidis
Provided by: Crucial
Model: Crucial MX300 750GB SSD
Firmware version: M0CR011
If my memory serves me correctly it was back in July 2015 that Micron and Intel announced their new 3D NAND, and after that there was radio silence, until a few weeks ago when Micron officially announced their new MX300 SSD, the first 3D TLC NAND, and as you can imagine expectations are high. The Crucial MX300 SSD comes with all the features that we expect to see from a modern SSD, such as AES 256-bit encryption, TCG Opal 2.0, and is also compatible with Microsoft’s eDrive, there is also an Acronis key to make the transition from one drive to another much easier and faster. Dynamic Write Acceleration that was introduced on the Micron M600 SSD is also here and the MX300 also has Power Loss Protection. So as you can see the Crucial MX300 has everything that you might ask for in a drive that comes with very aggressive pricing. But just in case I forgot to something you can always visit the official Crucial website, simply by clicking here.
You can visit the micron website to find out more about their new 3D NAND, just click here.
So let’s start this review by taking a look at the packaging and its contents, before moving on to some testing.
The Crucial MX300 750GB SSD
As always I will start by taking a look at the package and the contents that are included with the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD. We’ll start with the package.
The front of the box mainly displays the SSD, and you can also see that this drive is a limited edition with a size of 750GB.
Here is the back of the box. We can see that the contents are the 2.5” inch SSD, a 2.2mm spacer, and a data migration software key.
There aren’t any changes to the front of the drive, it follows an identical look with most of the other drives that we have seen like the M500 SSD.
And the rear of the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD.
Inside the box there is key for Acronis True Image HD software, and a link to download it.
Four of the new micron 3D TLC NAND chips are located on this side of the PCB, a micron LPDDR3 memory, the Marvel 88SS1074-BSW2 with the custom firmware by Crucial, and finally a lot of capcitors that should provide all the power that is needed to protect your data.
On the other side of the PCB we find another set of four 384G-bit 32 tier floating gate 3D TLC NAND chips.
A closer look at the Marvel 88SS1074-BSW2 controller.
The new 284G-Bit 3D NAND by micron
Specifications of the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD
In the pictures below we get a more detailed view of the specifications and the features of the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD series as they appear on official website.
The Crucial MX300 SSD specifications as they appear at their website, and as we can see the drive should be able to achieve sequential read speeds of 530MB/Sec, and sequential write speeds of 510MB/Sec. When it comes to random performance it should be able to reach 92K read IOPS, and 83K write IOPS, but soon we will find what the Crucial MX300 can do.
The drive is available on the Crucial website for 199.99 US Dollars, or 219 euros for those of us that are located in the EU, as we can see the pricing can be considered very aggressive, although as always prices will vary.
In the above screenshot we can see all the available info for the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.