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Crucial BX100 1TB SSD Review

A Closer Look At The BX100 1TB

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The drive uses Micron 16nm flash and two Micron DRAM packages, one on each side of the board.

  • salgado18
    My only issue with the drive is endurance. Because a secondary drive for storing data is meant to be the safe repository, wouldn't a hard drive be a better match, even with the lower performance?
  • logainofhades
    You can currently get an 850 evo for less than a BX 100.
  • MrMusAddict
    "As a subsidiary of Lexar, parent company of Micron, Crucial has access to the highest-quality flash before competing drive vendors can buy it up."

    You have it backwards there. It should read:

    "As a subsidiary of Micron, parent company of Lexar..."
  • Chris Droste
    i Love my MX100 512GB but i dunno if I'd go anything cheaper than that unless it's older/proven like a Samsung 830 or a Crucial m.4. i mean, $210 for 512GB is really damn sweet for a +90k IOps drive
  • JPNpower
    Silicon motion vs Marvell. Interesting..... Would it dethrone the OCZ Arc100?
  • dachiesa
    I grabbed a $85 sale for the 256GB one and upgraded my 120GB Kingston SSDNOW to this and I am very happy to have that extra space (the 120GB Kingston was 60 when I bought it last summer)
  • soldier44
    Time to move to a 1Tb SSD from a 256gb one I have now, this may be the one get.
  • mczak1
    The last page is saying "The cheaper controller is missing advanced features like DevSlp support and hardware-based encryption" - that is however untrue as far as the encryption is concerned (look it up on SiliconMotions site). I guess though Crucial decided to not make it available so there's some feature difference to the MX series. There could of course be some problems with it as well, but other SSDs based on the same controller offer hardware based encryption.
  • mapesdhs
    Re the 128KB Sequential Write Performance graph - please stop using graphs
    that do not have a zero origin. They are thoroughly visually misleading. What's
    the point of using a graph at all if the bars' relative sizes are so different because
    of a non-zero origin? The line graph makes it obvious the BX100 is slower but
    not that much slower than the upper end models, whereas the bar graph at
    first looks far worse. Also, the other graphs have not been done in the same way.

    Best not to use non-zero-origin graphs at all.


  • SinxarKnights
    Time to move to a 1Tb SSD from a 256gb one I have now, this may be the one get.

    I got the MX100 256GB and simply love it. I would like to get this and just use it for storage. I mean it would last pretty much forever since it isn't mechanical and the data isn't constantly being written to it.