Crucial X6 & X8 Portable Solid State Drives Review

Final Thoughts

As I said at the beginning of this review I am a huge fan of portable solid state drives and if you were to choose either of these drives they would work out quite good for you whether you are using them for just transferring files, a portable game drive, editing drive, etc. The X6 is the smaller and slower drive, but its speeds are still pretty respectable. We saw speeds of 559.32 MB/s read in CrystalDiskMark which is just like having an internal SATA-based SSD running. Write scores are a bit low for the drive only being able to manage 339.76 in the same test. The chassis of the X6 is made of plastic, but does not feel cheap by any means.

The X8 is of course the large and faster drive. Even being larger it is still a very slim and pocketable drive. We saw similar results to other USB 3.2 gen 2 drives we’ve tested lately with a read score of 1007.52 MB/s and write score of 974.79 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark. Obviously there are faster USB 3.2 gen 2×2 or Thunderbolt 3 drives out there, but for USB 3.2 these scores are great and USB is the more available connection you’ll have on your PC or laptop. I also like that the X8’s chassis is metal instead of the plastic that we saw on the X6.

The one weird thing about the X6 was that it did not include a USB Type-A adapter, all you get is a USB Type-C cable, while the X8 comes with a Type-A adapter.

Right now the X6 and X8 2TB versions are selling for 189.95 and $259 respectively on our favorite online retailer. These prices are in line with other drives with the same type of performance and capacity. I think at the end of the day both of these drives are good, although we would prefer the X8 over the X6 as it is faster and there is not as much of a disparity between read and write performance.

– Sleek and compact designs
– Great read performance
– Available in large capacities
– Metal chassis on the X8

– Slower write speeds on the X6
– No Type-A adapter with the X6

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