Crucial has already released a budget friendly SSD – the Crucial BX100 series, aside from their new high performance MX200 SSD series. The Crucial BX100 features Micron 16nm MLC NAND and Silicon Motion 2246EN controller. It also features Thermal Monitoring, Data Path Protection, ECC, TRIM, SMART and ECC support. This is not a high performance SSD, instead it is designed to offer substantial yet affordable performance gains compared to a hard disk drive. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, price and availability below.
Crucial BX100 SSD Features
The Crucial BX100 SSD delivers sequential reads and writes up to 535MB/s and 450MB/s on all file types.iv More than fifteen times faster than a hard drive, the Crucial BX100 allows users to boot up almost instantly, load programs in seconds, and accelerate demanding applications. And with Extreme Energy Efficiency technology, the BX100 is two times more energy efficient than a typical hard drive, allowing users to run their systems longer, using less power.
The BX100 is the first Crucial drive to include the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. Robert Fan, vice president and general manager of Silicon Motion U.S.A., said, “We are excited to be partnering with Crucial on the new BX100 SSD. Our high-performance and low power consumption SM2246EN controller combined with leading-edge Micron NAND helps make the BX100 fast, energy efficient, and affordable.”
According to Jonathan Weech, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial: “We designed the MX200 and BX100 to meet the varied needs of the market, making it easier for anyone to move to an SSD, whether they are a seasoned computer enthusiast or an absolute beginner, all while keeping value top of mind,” “These drives leverage Micron’s years of heritage in storage technology to deliver advanced features and performance, resulting in an unparalleled SSD experience for our consumers.”
Crucial Storage Executive
Aside from the BX100 and MX200, the company has also announced the availability of the Crucial Storage Executive. It is a software tool that helps users monitor, maintain, and optimize their Crucial SSD. Available for download at crucial.com/se, the new tool allows users to:
- Update to the latest firmware version
- Reset the drive’s encryption password
- Report on drive status, model, capacity, firmware version, temperature, and overall health
The tool works with the new BX100 and MX200 SSDs, as well as existing M500, M550, and MX100 SSDs.
Crucial BX100 SSD Specifications
|Box Contents||2.5" (7 mm) SSD 7 mm – 9.5 mm spacer||2.5" (7 mm) SSD 7 mm – 9.5 mm spacer||2.5" (7 mm) SSD 7 mm – 9.5 mm spacer||2.5" (7 mm) SSD 7 mm – 9.5 mm spacer|
|Sequential Read MB/s||535||535||535||535|
|Sequential Write MB/s||185||370||450||450|
|Random Read IOPS||87k||87k||90k||90k|
|Random Write IOPS||43k||70k||70k||70k|
Price and Availability
The Crucial BX100 SSD will be available this Q1 of 2015 and will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $69.99 for 120GB, $109.99 for 250GB, $199.99 for 500GB, and $399.99 for 1TB. The company is also offering a 3 year warranty for this SSD. I’ll post an update soon when they become available to order online.