Crucial Expands MX300 SATA SSD Lineup, Adds 1TB, 525GB, 275GB M.2 2280

Subject: Storage | July 26, 2016 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: MX300, micron, M.2, crucial, 525GB, 275GB, 1TB

We reviewed the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD a few months back. It was a good drive that tested well, and thanks to its IMFT 3D NAND, it came in at a very competitive price point. Today Crucial has rearranged that lineup a bit:

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The following capacities are being added to the MX300 lineup:

  • 1TB      $260 ($0.26/GB)
  • 525GB $130 ($0.25/GB)
  • 275GB  $70  ($0.25/GB)
  • 275GB * M.2 2280

The new capacities will be what is sold moving forward (starting 'late August'), with the 750GB model shifting to 'Limited Edition' status. That $0.25/GB carrying all the way down to the lowest capacity is significant, as typically we see higher cost/GB due to controller/PCB/packaging have more impact. Without that coming into play, we get a nearly 300GB SSD coming in at $70!

Specs and expected performance remain the same across all capacities, save a dip in random read performance on the 275GB models, mainly due to the reduced die count / parallelism. We'll take a look at these new capacities just as soon as samples arrive.

Full press blast appears after the break.

Crucial Expands MX300 SSD Line

Performance and endurance of Micron 3D TLC NAND provide features and quality customers expect from Crucial SSDs

Key Messages:

·       MX300 enables personal computers to boot up almost instantly, load programs with ease, and accelerate demanding applications

·       Extreme Energy Efficiency technology within the drive reduces the amount of active power usage that is consumed and extends laptop battery life

·       Engineered with Micron 3D TLC NAND technology

·       Now available in 275GB, 525GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities

Multimedia Elements:

Boise, Idaho – July 26, 2016 – Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced additional capacities of the Crucial® MX300 solid state drive (SSD). Built for speed and loaded with advanced features, the new drives deliver an immediate increase to system performance.

With read speeds up to 530 MB/s and write speeds up to 510 MB/s[1] on all file types, the Crucial MX300enables users to boot up almost instantly, load programs with ease, and accelerate demanding applications. The drive is engineered with Micron® 3D NAND technology, resulting in an endurance rating of up to 220TB total bytes written by leveraging larger NAND cells to deliver top-notch performance and prolong endurance. 

“Solid state drives are the computing powerhouses behind loading and saving virtually everything we do on our computers. The MX300 is designed to put power back into the hands of users so they can get more out of their system for years to come,” said Jonathan Weech, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial.

The Crucial MX300 offers a host of comprehensive and industry-leading features, including:

●       AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption to keep personal and confidential data secure

●       RAIN technology for increased reliability by storing data in multiple locations on the drive

●       Exclusive Data Defense to prevent files from becoming corrupted

●       Adaptive Thermal Protection to keep systems cool

The Crucial MX300 is also over 90x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive. Extreme Energy Efficiency technology within the drive reduces the amount of active power usage that is consumed and extends the laptop battery life by using only 0.075W of power, compared to a typical hard drive which uses 6.8W.

Now available in 275GB, 525GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities, the Crucial MX300 2.5-inch SSD has an MSRP of $69.99, $129.99, $189.99 and $259.99 respectively. The drive is supported by the Crucial® Storage Executive tool, is backed by a limited three-year warranty, and comes with Acronis® True Image HD data migration software. The MX300 will also be available in the M.2 2280 form factor in all capacities in late August. For more information about the MX300 SSD, please visit www.crucial.com/mx300-ssd.

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Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc. Crucial solid state drives (SSDs) and memory (DRAM) upgrades are compatible with over 100,000 new and old desktops, laptops, workstations, and servers. Available worldwide at leading retail and e-tail stores, commercial resellers, and system integrators, Crucial products enhance system performance and user productivity. Learn more at crucial.com.

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Source: Crucial

July 26, 2016 | 05:26 PM - Posted by goosegrease

Does Crucial still make reliable products, or are they still riding on the reputation of M4?

Sandisk's X400 and intel's 540s offer 5-year warranty at similar price range, so they seem like better choice to me. I'm not sure about Sandisk, but intel has legendary reputation (I'm of the mind that when it comes to SSDs, reliability trumps transfer speeds).

July 28, 2016 | 10:34 AM - Posted by pacmanfan

Their reputation is excellent. I used to use only Intel, I now use only Crucial. I've installed dozens of MX100, MX200, and BX100 drives--They've all been flawless. I avoid BX200, but for performance reasons, not reliability.

July 26, 2016 | 09:35 PM - Posted by biohazard918

God damn it crucial. I bought a 750gb during the prime day sale with expectation of buying a second one in maybe 6 months and running raid 0.

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