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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Crucial 128GB SSD

2. Package

The Crucial 128GB SSD (CT128M225) costs ~ $390, according to the pricing information found over Crucial's website. This means a $2.81 per gigabyte, which is almost the average trend in the SSD market. Crucial is offering a s 5-year warranty with this product while other manufacturers have increased the warranty of their SSD products to 10 years (Patriot Memory) and OCZ offers 3 years for their Vertex series.

As you can see in the picture below there are not much to say about the package of the Crucial drive, since we received an OEM version of the product. The carbon box includes the SSD drive and a printed manual that details how to install the drive in a notebook system.

The SSD is found into typical anti static bag. Although SSD drives are generally shock-proof, we would like to see a better packaging for the drive, such as these found at similar products by OCZ and Patriot Memory.

Taking the wraps off, we see the textured aluminum chassis of the drive that probably provides durability and probably high heat conductivity. As usual, there is a big sticker at the front with all the drive's details, such as the product number (CT128M225) and its capacity.

According to its official specifications, the 2.5" SSD weighs just 77grams.

The SATA I/II interface of the SSD allows you to easily mount it on your laptop.

At the right side of the drive you will find some pins that can be used to upgrade firmware of the device. Crucial hasn't included any jumpers for this purpose but you could use one from your HDD or an ODD product.

As we previously mentioned, the SSD is based at the Indilinx Barefoot controller with a 64MB cache chip by Elpida Memory - a safe configuration if you ask me.




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