Crucial BX100 Solid State Drive Overview
The BX100 has the exact same styling as we saw on the MX200 drive. You have a silver metal casing with a large sticker on it. The sticker this time says “BX” rather than “MX” though.
Flipping the drive over to the back there is another sticker that has all of the important information on it including the model number, which is CT1000BX100SSD1. There are also four mounting screws on the bottom of the drive.
Each side of the drive has two more mounting holes. The drive is a 7 mm drive, which is more or less standard these days, it is not often we see a 9.5 mm drive anymore.
Of course on the end of the drive you have your SATA power and data connections.
Crucial is using a new type of casing on their solid state drives that actually has no screws at all. You have to pry it open with a flathead screwdriver and you will most likely bend the metal casing. There really is no need for you to go inside your solid state drive. Inside the drive you will find a PCB that houses the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, micron cache chip, and 16 Micron 16nm synchronous MLC NAND chips.
This is the first solid state drive that we have seen that uses the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. Of course this was a way for Crucial to cut the cost of the drive down. This is a 4-channel controller.