The Crucial MX300 2TB SSD Review


Crystal DiskMark

Crystal DiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds; and allows you to set the number of tests iterations to run. We left the number of tests at 5 and size at 100MB.


PCMark 7

While there are numerous suites of tests that make up PCMark 7, only one is pertinent: the HDD Suite. The HDD Suite consists of numerous tests that try and replicate real world drive usage. Everything from how long a simulated virus scan takes to complete, to MS Vista start up time to game load time is tested in these core tests; however, we do not consider this anything other than just another suite of synthetic tests. For this reason, while each test is scored individually we have opted to include only the overall score.

This markedly improved write performance really does showcase the new(er) ONFi 4.0 3D TLC NAND nicely. Honestly this is the drive that Crucial should have released first as its performance is without question the best of the entire MX300 series. Release scheduling issues aside, the MX300 2TB can hold its own with any SATA 2D Toggle Mode NAND based drive out there as the difference are going to be almost unnoticeable in more real world scenarios.

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