It is great to see a company like Crucial trying to get more solid state drives in the hands of more people and the BX100 is a great step towards that. For people who are upgrading or building a new PC and are considering a solid state drive the BX100 is a great choice and allows you to have that higher capacity at a lower cost. While the cost still is not equal to that of a mechanical hard drive you are getting much better performance and of course lower power consumption.
When it comes to outright performance I was pleasantly surprised with the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. It kept up with many of the higher-performance drives we have tested in terms of read performance. Of course you do have that slower write speed, but with a budget drive that is expected. The write performance still is not that bad at all. In ATTO disk benchmark the drive scored 560 MB/s read and 454 MB/s write.
Also I would like to point out that this drive does not have the Dynamic Write Acceleration technology that we saw on the MX200 drive. This means that the lower capacity drives will have slower write speeds compared to the higher capacity drives. So the 120 GB drive only has a write speed of 185 MB/s and the 250GB only 370 MB/s.
At the end of the day Crucial has given you a very affordable solid state drive that also has some good performance. As I mentioned to start this review the 1TB version of the drive is selling for $374.99, which makes it only $0.37 per GB. Crucial also backs the drive with a 3-year warranty. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Crucial BX100 1TB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Good Value Award!
– Great read performance
– 3-year warranty
– Slower write speed