So the MX300 is the first consumer product to make use of Micron’s 3D TLC NAND. Crucial took a different approach than Samsung with their first 3D NAND product. The MX300 is not designed to be the fastest consumer SATA SSD out there like Samsung’s 850 Pro. The MX300 is designed to be a mid-level drive that offers good performance and a good price. I think this approach is great and will get higher capacity SSDs into the hands of more people.
Starting with performance the MX300 was able to score read and write speeds of 524 MB/s and 510 MB/s in ATTO Disk Benchmark. When testing in Anvil Storage Utilities the IOPS scores were 92K read and 80K write. All of these scores are great as the advertised speeds for this drive are 530MB/s read and 510 MB/s write as well as advertised IOPS of 92K read and 83K write. The drive performed right up to its advertised speeds or close in all of our tests. It is a very solid mid-range drive.
Now this brings us to price. Right now the 750 GB drive is selling for $199, that puts the MX300 at $0.26 per GB. The price and capacity are very attractive and as I said I think this will get higher capacity solid state drives in the hands of more people. As of right now the 750 GB version is the only capacity available. The drive does come with a 3-year warranty, we really wish it would have been five.
The question is will Crucial release a 3D NAND-based drive to directly compete with the Samsung 850 Pro? I guess time will tell. For a first generation product I fell that the MX300 is extremely solid and I would totally recommend the MX300 as a great mid-range drive. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Crucial MX300 750GB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Solid mid-range performance
– Spacer and Acronis True Image HD software activation key included
– 256 AES encryption
– Only a 3-year warranty