A Closer Look At The BX100 1TB
The BX100 series ships in retail packaging. Crucial sells its SSDs in brick and mortar stores, as well as through etailers like Newegg and Amazon.
Again, the only hardware accessory bundled with the BX100 is a simple 7mm to 9.5mm bracket.
To further reduce the drive's manufacturing costs, Crucial uses a thin metal case design. For several years, the company employed the same dense aluminum chassis that acted as a heat sink for the controller. The SM2246EN doesn't generate a lot of heat though, so that enclosure wasn't needed.
The BX100 fits in a 7mm-tall footprint, allowing it to slide into Ultrabooks that require the thinner profile.
Crucial uses a full PCB to hold the controller, two DRAM packages and 16 NAND packages.
The SM2246EN controller is offset to the connector end of the board. In this configuration, the controller uses all channels and CE paths.
The drive uses Micron 16nm flash and two Micron DRAM packages, one on each side of the board.