Crucial's new MX300 SSD; new NAND means new sizes

Subject: Storage | September 6, 2016 - 02:29 PM |
Tagged: crucial, MX300, 1050GB, sata ssd, M.2, 88SS1074, tlc

The MX300 series utilizes Micron 384G-bit, 32 tier floating gate, 3D TLC NAND which means that the capacities are a little different than we are used to.  1050GB is an odd number, the 978GB available after formatting even more so, but in the end the actual number matters less than the performance.  The SSD Review tested this drive which uses a four channel Micron 88SS1074 controller and sports eight NAND packages with Micron LPDDR3 1333MHz DRAM for a cache.  They tested a single drive as well as setting up two in RAID 0, the single drive could hit 535MB/s read and 516MB/s write and RAID 0 did indeed come close to doubling that.  Drop by to see their full results.

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"Due to the new 384G-bit TLC 3D NAND, the MX300 line up is now offered in 275GB, 525GB, 750GB, 1050GB, and 2TB options. From this announcement, the 2TB option intrigued us the most, however, they are still unavailable, so we opted to get two 1050GB models for today's review."

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September 6, 2016 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

See, Allyn? I told ya.

September 6, 2016 | 03:03 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

What did you tell me?

September 7, 2016 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Go re-read that message of mine if your memory is that short and you forgot already. There is literally zero excuses for it to be 0.35$/GB when such things as MX 100, 200, and, now also 300, are around us. There is absolutely no reasonable excuse for anyone to do that, be that conglomerate monsters such as Intel and/or Samsung, or someone of lesser size. And it doesn't matter jack shit if they are enterprise-level PCI-e SSDs or some "simple" consumer-level SATA/SAS/USB/whatever products, that still doesn't give them any right for existence at duch prices. What Intel basically is exactly doing right now, is sitting on it's fat dirty ass while farting loudly and strongly, and then breathing and smelling with those self-jerking fumes from the massive cloud of gases that they've produced. Nothing less or more thn just that. And by trying to somehow justify an absolutely DOA-price point of 0.35$/GB, in the day and age where "0.28 and below" is pretty much a standard, you're look like a completely paid and utterly marketing BS-driven shill. And I for one sure as hell don't want to see any of that Linus/OC3D/TweakTown/Tom's Hardware-like paid shill TRASH on PcPer of all the places, that's for sure.

September 6, 2016 | 05:22 PM - Posted by amadsilentthirst

The thing about SSD's these days (sata based ones) is they are all good enough, they mostly saturate the interface... what do consumers do?
If they have a HDD, they get a small >256GB for the OS due to cost.
(Using the HDD for most storage)

If they already have A HDD and SSD, they are going to wait for cheaper NVME drives, no point buying what is a somewhat limited tech.

No one really wants lots of Sata based SSD's in their system, it becomes a mess to deal with and backup and file manage, so I recon the bottom has dropped out, or soon will, of the Sata drives.

There is going to be many many Sata SSD's coming out, as companies release all the upgraded drives they have been working on, and the price is going to go way down, easy reaching Ryan's fabled price range.

Large 1TB and above Sata SSD's will sell well when the cost comes down, but can companies sell enough before they get overtaken by equivalent in space, NVME drives? which are as much as 4 times as fast.

Interesting space, I'm sure it'll only get more so with all the future tech in xpoint and other memory solutions

September 7, 2016 | 12:45 AM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

Why wouldnt people just buy multiple, larger SATA SSDs? 550MB/s is still many times faster than any HDD, so it would be beneficial to have large SATA SSDs that cost a fraction of NVMe SSDs.

Thats what i just did in my new PC. I used a Crucial 1TB MX200 as my primary drive, with a 2TB internal SSD and a 5TB external backup.

Id love to replace that 2TB internal spinning rust with a big, inexpensive but reliable MLC SSD. Not everyone really needs NVMe for most or any of their storage, especially if its going to bifurcate the CPUs PCI-E lanes.

September 7, 2016 | 02:14 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

You and me are the lonely voices of reason in this barren wastelandish desert of "paid promotion and advertisement"-shilling. Dark ages are upon us if even such "professional" sources as PcPer gradually turn into shilling shitfests...maybe I'm just paranoidal, but...

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