Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

It has become clear that simply conducting
endless benchmarks on SSD drives is pointless. Real users may run a few
benchmarks when they first fit their SSD drive, but most users just want a
drive that performs well in the real world. They want their drive to work
"out of the box" and work fast and smoothly.

Most of the latest SSD drives can deliver
very fast sustained reading and writing speeds, but these alone tell you very
little about how the drive will perform in the real world.

If you intend to use your SSD as your
primary system drive, with an operating system and applications installed and
running from the drive, real world performance becomes much more important than
just fast sequential read and write speeds, in this case I felt that it was
time to move into a different method of testing.

From now on I will only use the log files
from the Event Viewer to measure the start-up and shutdown of the system, and
also use filecopy to measure all my copy tests from a RAM disk to the selected
storage drive that I will be testing. For these tests I will also enable all
power savings features that are available, since I believe that this is the way
that the majority of the users will have them set on their PC.

Real
world copy tests


I will now conduct some real world copy
tests so that you can have a much better view of how the drive will perform. In
these simple tests I try to simulate what a real user does with their drives. I
will be copying some mp3 files, various picture and MKV files, and finishing by
installing MS Office 2007.

As I said earlier from now on all my test
files will be stored in a RAM disk and copied/pasted to the destination drive
using filecopy. The filecopy utility will be used from now on for all my tests,
and I’ll be using it this way to measure the time that it takes to copy the
files.

Before I move on to the test, I want to
give you an idea on how fast your RAM is. Below you can find the results.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

As
we can clearly see speed isn’t going to be an issue in these tests.

Copy tests – 259 MP3 song files (1.36GB total)

I will start this set of tests by copying
259 MP3 files from the RAM disk to the destination SSD and also from the SSD to
the RAM disk.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

In real world usage we can see that the
BX100 SSD is capable of delivering some very impressive times in this test.

Copy tests – 3,377 JPEG picture files (2.56GB total)

Continuing my set of tests, but this time I
will be copying 2.54GB of pictures that are stored in the RAM disk to the
currently testing SSD and vice versa.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

Again the BX100 SSD gave a very impressive
overall performance as you can tell by the numbers.

Copy Tests – 1 MKV and 1 SRT file (3.46GB)

Copying a movie is very common task for all
of us, and in this test there are two files that will be copied from the RAM
disk to the SSD and again from the SSD to the RAM disk.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

The Crucial BX100 SSD has an outstanding
read performance and at the same time its write performance is also very good.

Copy Tests – Small files (533MB)

I have decided to adapt the very small
files test that I am using in my USB3 flash test, so this time I will be also
copying all the files from the RAM disk to the SSD and again from the SSD to
the RAM disk.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

I introduced this test for flash drives
sometime ago, however I thought that it would be nice to have an idea on how an
SSD handles small files, so let’s compare the Crucial BX100 with other SSDs  that
I have tested and see what result I obtained from this test. As you can tell by
the numbers the BX100 SSD continues to shine when it comes to read speed,
topping out 15.19 seconds. Write speed was acceptable for this drive.

Copy Tests – ISO (7927MB)

For this test, I copied ISO of the ‘Iron
Man’ movie from the RAMDisk to the SSD and vice versa.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

Not much has changed, very impressive read
speed, and again acceptable write performance for the Crucial BX100 SSD.


Windows start-up and closedown based on the Event Viewer
Logs

Start-up & Shutdown time

The next two screen shots were taken after I’d
installed all the drivers and software that I use every day. Below are the
results.

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The startup
time for the Crucial BX100 1TB SSD.

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Shutdown
time for the Crucial BX100 1TB SSD.

You can see some previous results here
that are based on my old PC which at that time was using a Z77 ASRock extreme4
and an Intel 2500K.

Installing applications


Installing applications is possibly
something you don’t do that often. But should you replace your system disk,
then you will most likely have to re-install your applications. Most of the SSD
drives I have tested up until now are quite slow at installing applications,
most likely because their I/O performance was quite limited.

For these tests, we picked some popular
applications and copied the entire contents of the CD or DVD media to the RAM disk.
We did this to make sure that the reading speed of our CD/DVD reader would not
hamper the performance of the target drive.

We then installed these applications onto
our comparison HDD drives, which were all running mirror image installations of
our Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installation, and timed the amount of time
taken to install the application with a stopwatch on each of the drives.

MS Office 2007 Enterprise (full install)

Now let’s see
how the
Crucial BX100 SSD performs
with the installation of MS Office 2007 Enterprise Edition.

The procedure
followed was very simple. I copied all the files from the CD to the RAM disk and
used the virtual drive as a source for the installation files.

 

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

I am leaving the previous graphs as
reference points, but the Crucial BX100 did install Office 2007 in 147 seconds,
that’s only 3 seconds slower than the Crucial MX200. Below are the results
compared to the Crucial MX200 SSD.

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Speed degradation after heavy testing

On this page I will measure how the SSD
performs after heavy testing and usage.

I will run an AS SSD benchmark test when
the OS is freshly installed so that we can get a good view of how the drive performs
with the OS. After that I will fill the drive up to 50% of its capacity, use
the drive for a few days, and then re-run the AS SSD benchmark. The same
procedure will be followed once again, but this time the drive will be filled
close to 90% or higher of its capacity. To finish this test, I will simply
delete all the extra data and leave the PC idle for a few hours so that the
controller has the time to perform any necessary cleaning, then see how the
drive performs.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

In this picture you can see the test files
that I will be copying to fill the drive with data, as you can see files vary
from 8GB ISOs to very small text files.

In the picture below you will find all the
applications that were installed for this test using Ninite, and I have also installed Microsoft
Office 2007.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

Now let’s start our tests.

 

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

Here is the first run of AS SSD with the
Crucial BX100 1TB SSD, and here the overall score was almost identical to the
one that I got when the drive didn’t have the OS on it. A very nice result.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

When leaving the drive with less than 4GB
of free space we can see that the BX100 gives an even better result. I didn’t
expect this, but I would recommend that you leave more free space on your SSD.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

After deleting almost half the files from
the SSD the Crucial BX100 1TB SSD was capable of maintaining the performance
that we saw when it was completely filled with data.

Crucial BX100 1000GB SSD Review

Finally, after removing all the unnecessary
files, plus leaving the drive for five minutes to idle, the result was again
very good, 937 points for the Crucial BX100 SSD.

 

This concludes our review. To read the final
thoughts and conclusion, click the link below….