Crucial expands their MX300 line of SSDs all the way up to 2TB

Subject: Storage | February 14, 2017 - 06:51 PM |
Tagged: tlc, slc, MX300, micron, imft, Dynamic Write Acceleration, DWA, crucial, 3DNAND, 3d nand

Last June Al took a look at the Crucial MX300 750GB and its ability to switch its cache dynamically from TLC to SLC, helping Crucial improve how they implemented this feature along the way.  It proved to be a great value for the money; not the best performing drive but among the least expensive on the market.  Crucial has since expanded the lineup and Hardware Canucks took a look at the 2TB model.  This model has more than just a larger pool of NAND, the RAM cache has been doubled up to 1GB and the dynamic cache has more space to work in as well.  Take a look at this economy sized drive in their full review.

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"Crucial's newest MX300 series continues to roll on with a new 2TB version. This SSD may be one of the best when it comes to performance, price and capacity all combined into one package."

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February 15, 2017 | 03:29 AM - Posted by CNote

I bought a few silicon power 120gb SSDs to put in cheap laptops. They work well enough for being around $35.

February 15, 2017 | 03:49 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

0.25 per GB is somewhat decent, but still not quite there yet. I'll wait until it drops below 0.20, only then I'll start getting myself anything larger than 512GB when it comes down to SSDs.

February 15, 2017 | 05:25 AM - Posted by JammyCredog (not verified)

The 750Gb was the early(prototype'ish) model. The more recent ones with 3d flash came in 525Gb and 1050Gb sizes. So does this new model technically have 2.1TB?

February 15, 2017 | 08:20 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

It's 2050GB.

February 15, 2017 | 10:23 AM - Posted by Bri (not verified)

Dang, time to set a deal alert on the 1TB M.2 version and dump my platter drives. Tired of waiting for NVME to come down in price.

February 15, 2017 | 04:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Can the user control how much of the drive can be treated as SLC instead of TLC? I'd like all the OS’s VM page swap to reside in SLC and the rest of the drive treated like MLC(2) NAND and forget about having a total of 2TB of TLC anything. So just give me the option to partition/format the drive's Cells in a way that I would want and I'll happily sacrifice the extra storage apace for better performance if that can be had by setting/using SLC/MLC(2).

I have always thought that any NAND cells whose performance had degraded to the point where they could no longer accurately store 3 states(TLC) could be tried using 2 states, or one state, by the drive’s controller/firmware before the cells are declared unsuitable for any usage and declared dead just because the NAND cell could no longer support 3 states. That way whole blocks of SSD NAND storage may be reclaimed for SLC/MLC(2) usage and not wasted for lack of the ability to do so.

I really want the Cache to be made up of: Top level DRAM cache for buffering, then XPoint(Bulk NVM/byte addressable) for random R/W speed with the main drive storage made up of SLC NAND(longer state retention of stale data), but that may take some time to happen.

February 16, 2017 | 07:46 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Well, it's 2050GB, so I think it's pretty safe to assume that those "extra 50GB" are the space that's been reserved for that "pseudo-SLC caching" mechanic. If not, then that would be kind of strange.

February 16, 2017 | 11:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Stop Huffing Toluene and people may just be able to make sense of your babble! Your head is so full of C6H5CH3 that there needs to be a US DOT HazMat Placard attatched to any vehicle that you are riding/driving(Watch Out folks)!

February 16, 2017 | 11:51 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Idiots such as you should be banned.