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The Crucial MX300 2TB SSD Review

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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 were rather surprising – but in a good way. IOMeter is a notoriously difficult taskmaster and yet due to its combination of massive RAM and SLC cache with excellent NAND interleaving the MX300 2050GB is actually a pretty darn decent option for workstation users. Still not optimal, but a lot better than any TLC NAND based drive we have tested to date. Bloody brilliant!

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