Review: Crucial Adrenaline SSD
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
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
Left and right 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….