Crucial BX200 960GB SSD review – An affordable SSD

 

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

As well as performing SSD endurance tests. Anvil’s Storage Utilities has a very nice SSD benchmarking application. The SSD benchmark tests many different aspects of SSD performance, including 4K random at different queue depths, and also sequential performance, but more importantly than this, all using real test data.

Another very nice feature of Anvil’s SSD benchmark is the fact that you can change the compression levels of the test data. The compression levels of the data sets used for the tests can be varied from 0% compression right up to 100% compressed data, and there are even a few data profiles already included, such as database (8%) compression, and also an application profile (46%) compression, which is designed to simulate real application data being read and written to the SSD.

Anvil’s Storage Utilities is still in beta at the moment, but the application is currently solid enough to use in this article, and I have already verified the results obtained using an SATA analyser.

I will include a screenshot of the review drive, and all comparison results will be presented in the form of graphs. If you would like to see screenshots of the test results obtained on the other SSDs in this article, you can do so by following the link here.

I will also be testing three different compression profiles, which are as follows.

  • 0 fill (100% compressible data)
  • Application simulation profile (46% compressed)
  • 100% (non compressible data)

 So let’s begin the tests.

0 fill

Crucial BX200 960GB SSD review - An affordable SSD


Crucial BX200 960GB SSD (0 fill)

Crucial BX200 960GB SSD review - An affordable SSD

Results are ranked by highest total score.

 

The result isn’t the best, and as you can see the Crucial BX200 SSD, with its TLC NAND, manages to finish last.


 

Application profile

Crucial BX200 960GB SSD review - An affordable SSD


Crucial BX200 960GB SSD (application profile)

Crucial BX200 960GB SSD review - An affordable SSD


Results are ranked by highest total score.

Not surprisingly, the Crucial BX200 SSD was unable to give the result that I would have liked to have seen, and unfortunately it was the slowest drive that I have tested.


 

100% incompressible

Crucial BX200 960GB SSD review - An affordable SSD


Crucial BX200 960GB SSD (100% incompressible)

Crucial BX200 960GB SSD review - An affordable SSD


Results are based on the highest total score.

Again the performance of the Crucial BX200 SSD is nowhere near to where I would like it to be.


 

Summary

The Crucial BX200 is the slowest SSD that I have tested, and comparing it with the BX100 we can clearly see the difference between the TLC NAND and the MLC NAND that this drive has.

 

Now let’s head to the next page for some real world tests….