Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

 

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

Review: Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD
Reviewed by: Wendy
Collins Robertson

Provided by: Crucial UK
Model: CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1CCA

 

Crucial were kind enough to send me the Crucial RealSSD C300
128GB SSD for review. The Crucial RealSSD C300 series of SSD was the
first, and is still the only native SATA 6Gbps SSD on the market as I write
this article. The RealSSD C300 is also backwards compatible with SATA 3Gbps,
and in this article I will test the RealSSD C300 connected via SATA 6Gbps and
also SATA 3Gbps.

Crucial’s parent company “Micron”, manufacture the RealSSD
C300 series. Micron is a huge company, and actually manufactures RAM and Flash
chips among other related technologies. The Crucial RealSSD C300 is powered by
a Marvell SSD controller, and uses Micron’s own 34nm MLC
NAND, which is all housed in either a 1.8 inch or 2.5 inch form factor case. In
the case of our review sample, we received the 2.5 inch version. The Crucial
RealSSD C300 can be installed in a laptop, Netbook, or in our case for this
article, the RealSSD C300 was installed on my main review desktop PC.

We’ll find out in this review how this new SSD performs in
our range of benchmarks and real world tests.

Crucial 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

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

Box top

As
we can see, the package arrived damaged, quite probably by some mishandling by
the carrier who delivered the package. However, the RealSSD C300 was well
protected inside the box, and there were no visible signs of damage to the SSD
itself.

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

Box bottom

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

Box front

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

Box sides

What’s inside the box

Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what
the drive came shipped with.

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

The package contained the Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD
itself, an installation guide, and warranty information.

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review

Drive bottom

On the bottom of the drive, we can see the model (CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1),
the drive’s capacity, the firmware version of the SSD (0002), and also that the
drive was manufactured in Singapore. We can also see the drive’s SATA power and
data connectors.

When the drive arrived firmware version 0006 had just become
available, so we first updated the firmware to version 0006 before we began the
tests.

The Crucial RealSSD C300 is well constructed, in a strong
aluminium housing.

Now let’s head to the next page, where we look in more
detail at the Crucial RealSSD C300.