The MX200 is Crucial’s newest line of consumer SSDs designed for those looking to for an upgrade to an SSD-based system for their laptops or PCs. SUmming up its basic specs an features, the new SSDs are equipped with SATA 6Gb/s interface, Micron MLC NAND and the Marvell 88SS9189 controller.
The MX200 comes in a variety of form factors; 2.5” 7mm, mSATA, M.2 Type 2260 and M.2 Type 2280.
The drive continues the tradition of the MX 100 series by focusing on reliability and endurance. The MX200 incorporates the company’s Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN) technology from Micron, offers a 1.5 million hours MTBF rating, Power Loss Protection, and Data Path Protection.
The 500GB version of the drive we tested here generally performed pretty well. We measured sequential read /write speeds of around 540 MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, which marginally short of the figures we had measured with the MX100 512GB drive.
The MX200 512GB SSD was very fast in random writing of small 4K files, and also fast in the 512K random write benchmarks. Both read/write speeds in larger queue depths was also high enough, although not always faster than the MX100 50012GB model.
The MX200 also excelled in the PCMark 8 and PCMark 7 benchmarks, outperforming the MX100 as well as other SSD models.
The MX200 carries an affordable price tag at $249 for the 500GB model (which works out to be $0.5/GB). Without any doubt, the 500GB version of the SSD offers a great value for your money, as long as you are not an owner of an MX100 512GB SSD already. In that case, we think upgrading to the new MX200 does not worth the expense. On the other hand, the Dynamic Write Acceleration of the smaller 250GB MX200 model should make a difference in terms of performance compared to the MX100 256GB model. But since we did not have the chance to test it, we cannot be sure about it.