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Crucial BX100 1TB SSD Review

PCMark 8 Advanced Workload Performance

To learn how we test advanced workload performance, please click here.

Throughput Tests

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Under taxing workloads, Crucial's BX100 1TB is consistent. However, it's pretty slow with a lot of data on the drive. Of course, these tests are random read and write-heavy, so the outcome isn't surprising. A more typical consumer workload gives the drive time to recover, and performance increases as a result. Most enthusiasts fall into that category, spending more time idle than reading or writing.

Latency Tests

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High throughput is nice, but it's rare to open an application and wish for more peak throughput. Rather, we launch a program and complain about how long it takes to respond. In this chart, we see tasks measured in time rather than megabytes per second.

As with our throughput results, the BX100's steady state latency is consistent. Tasks do take longer to complete on Crucial's drive compared to some of the more expensive SSDs out there. For example, SanDisk's Extreme Pro 960GB delivers arrow-straight performance, finishing the test in around 200 seconds. The BX100 takes between 1000 and 1200 seconds. When you do the math, the difference comes out to around 34 minutes per work week, or roughly 29 hours a year of waiting for software to load and tasks to complete.

The BX100 closes the gap under typical consumer workloads with sufficient idle time between tasks. This reaffirms that it's important to keep your workload in mind when choosing your SSD. It's easy to buy the best without a second thought. But if you want to save money, you can choose a lower-cost model like the BX100 and still blow past a hard drive's best effort.

  • 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?
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  • logainofhades
    You can currently get an 850 evo for less than a BX 100. http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/compare/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct1000bx100ssd1%2Csamsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e1t0bam/
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  • 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..."
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  • 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
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  • JPNpower
    Silicon motion vs Marvell. Interesting..... Would it dethrone the OCZ Arc100?
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  • 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)
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  • soldier44
    Time to move to a 1Tb SSD from a 256gb one I have now, this may be the one get.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

    Ian.



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  • 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.
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