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Crucial BX300 480GB SSD Review

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  • Author: AkG
  • Date: August 29, 2017
  • Product Name: BX300 480GB
  • Part Number: CT480BX300SSD1
  • Warranty: 3 years

IOMETER

IOMeter is heavily weighted towards the server end of things, and since we here at HWC are more End User centric we will be setting and judging the results of IOMeter a little bit differently than most. To test each drive we ran 5 test runs per HDD (1,4,16,64,128 queue depth) each test having 8 parts, each part lasting 10 min w/ an additional 20 second ramp up. The 8 subparts were set to run 100% random, 80% read 20% write; testing 512b, 1k, 2k,4k,8k,16k,32k,64k size chunks of data. When each test is finished IOMeter spits out a report, in that reports each of the 8 subtests are given a score in I/Os per second. We then take these 8 numbers add them together and divide by 8. This gives us an average score for that particular queue depth that is heavily weighted for single user environments. 

These results actually did surprise us. On the one hand you have a mediocre controller that is not much than a refresh of an older model, which in turn was not much of an improvement over an even older controller. On the other the BX300 480GB comes equipped with some of the best NAND available on the market today. Then to just make things even less clear it also comes with better NAND interleaving and over-provisioning than the MX300 series. That combination is certainly better than average. 

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