The Crucial MX300 2TB SSD Review


Windows 8.1 Start Up w/ Boot Time A/V Scan

When it comes to hard drive performance there is one area that even the most oblivious user notices: how long it takes to load the Operating System. We have chosen Windows 8.1 64bit Pro as our Operating System with all ‘fast boot’ options disabled in the BIOS. In previous load time tests we would use the Anti-Virus splash screen as our finish line; this however is no longer the case. We have not only added in a secondary Anti-Virus to load on startup, but also an anti-malware program. We have set Super Anti-Spyware to initiate a quick scan on Windows start-up and the completion of the quick scan will be our new finish line.


Adobe CS5 Load Time

Photoshop is a notoriously slow loading program under the best of circumstances, and while the latest version is actually pretty decent, when you add in a bunch of extra brushes and the such you get a really great torture test which can bring even the best of the best to their knees. Let’s see how our review unit fared in the Adobe crucible!

These test results underscore exactly how good this mega-sized drive really is. It really is a case that bigger is better when dealing with TLC NAND based drives as the pseudo-SLC buffer is more than enough to cover even an enthusiast’s needs. It is this combination that allows this relatively inexpensive drive the luxury of equaling and even beating Toshiba, Intel and other manufacturers who are still using 2D NAND.

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