When it comes to saying this the successor to the MX100 looking at the specifications and hardware inside it really does not look like much different of a drive, but Crucial has done a lot that many people may not notice to make this a truly better drive. The biggest thing is the Dynamic Write Acceleration technology, which we went into detail on in the second page of this review. Basically it allows the lower capacity (250 GB) version of this drive to perform just the same as the two higher capacities that we reviewed. Typically you see the lower capacity drive how slower write speeds, but not with Dynamic Write Acceleration technology enabled on the drive.
Not only do you have Dynamic Write Acceleration technology, but this drive also features Micron’s own Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN) technology, power loss protection, data path protection, hardware encryption, adaptive thermal protection and a 1.5 million hours MTBF rating. Crucial is able to offer many of these features because they are using their own Micron NAND. Many of these reliability features are only typically found on enterprise-level drives. So it is safe to say this is going to be a very reliable drive.
When it comes to performance the drive performed pretty much up to its rated 555 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write speeds. In ATTO Disk Benchmark the 500 GB drive scored 545 MB/s read and 508 MB/s write whereas the 1 TB drive scored 532 MB/s read and 512 MB/s write.
Crucial not only offers this drive in the 2.5-inch SATA form factor, but also M.2 and mSATA so whatever your application might be Crucial has got you covered. The 500 GB and 1 TB versions that we reviewed today are selling for $219.99 and $449 respectively at my favorite online retailer. That makes the 500 GB drive $0.43 / per GB and the 1 TB drive $0.44 per GB. You also get a copy of Acronis True Image HD which is an added bonus.
Given that the MX200 is made to be a more mainstream drive this isn’t fully focused on performance it has a great feature set and many reliability features. Overall ThinkComputers gives the MX200 a 10 out of 10 score and our Good Value Award!
– Good overall performance
– Available in different form factors and capacities
– Improved reliability features
– None that I found