As I said in the introduction of this review the MX100 effectively replaces the M500 solid state drive and it does a good job at doing so. Obviously the main goal with this drive was to make it competitive with a lower cost than other drives, but it also has the same features and a slight performance boost over the M500. The M500 was released over a year ago and I don’t feel like a major revision was really needed. When it comes to SATA drives we are limited by speed anyways and we are not going to see real performance boosts yet unless you move away from the SATA interface. But again this drive is not designed for the high-performance segment, it is an entry-level drive.
There really is not much bad I can say about the MX100. It is great that Crucial has also included the 7mm to 9.5mm adapter and you do get a free copy of Acronis True Image HD. I guess if I were to nitpick you could say one might be worried about the 16 nm NAND as being less reliable as the maximum number of rewrite cycles on such memory is lower. It does have an endurance rating of 72 TB, which is on par with other entry-level solid state drives. The MX100 has been out for a few months and we have not seen any reliability issues so far so I wouldn’t really worry about it. On top of that Crucial does offer a 3-year warranty on the MX100 drives.
Being that it is an entry-level drive it has a very attractive price point. The 512 GB version that we reviewed today is currently selling for $204.94 at my favorite online retailer. That makes it most affordable 512 GB solid state drive out there. It is great to see the prices of solid state drives continuing to drop.
If you are looking for a solid state drive and don’t need an enthusiast or pro-grade drive the MX100 is the definite choice. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Crucial MX100 512 GB solid state drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Good performance
– Acronis True Image HD included
– 3-year warranty
– None that I found