The Crucial MX300 2TB SSD Review


Partial and Full Drive Performance

While it is important to know how a drive will perform under optimal conditions, more realistic scenarios are just as important. Knowing if a solid state drive will behave differently when partially or even nearly full than when it is empty is very important information to know. To quickly and accurately show this crucial information we have first filled the drive to 50% capacity and re-tested using both synthetic and real world tests. After the completion of this we then re-test at 75% and 90% of full capacity.

Synthetic Test Results

For our synthetic testing we have opted for our standard PCMark 7 test.

Real World Results
For a real world application we have opted for a modified version of our standard Windows 7 Start Up test. Unlike our standard Windows 7 image this image is based on a working system that has been upgraded numerous times of the past few years and represents an even more realistic real world test

Almost as expected the combination of a massive RAM cache with massive pseudo-SLC write buffer does make the 2TB version the most potent MX300 released to date. This added performance boost allows the MX300 2TB to do what no Marvel SATA AHCI controller based SSD could do before: beat Intel. That is rather impressive, though there is still room for improvement as Toshiba – and NVMe drives in general – are still superior in this crucial area.

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