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Review: Crucial BX300 480GB SSD

by Tarinder Sandhu on 1 September 2017, 12:01

Tags: Crucial Technology (NASDAQ:MU)

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Test Methodology

Test Bench

CPU Intel Core i7-6700K (4.20GHz, 8MB cache, quad-core)
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2400
Storage Controllers Intel Z170 PCH (SATA 6Gbps, AHCI)
Graphics Integrated HD 530 Graphics
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W
Boot drive 256GB Samsung 950 Pro, NVMe PCIe
Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit)

Comparison Drive Configurations

  Total Capacity Controller Firmware Interface
SK hynix SC300 512GB LM878100AA 30060P00 SATA 6Gbps
Crucial BX300 480GB SM2258 M2CR010 SATA 6Gbps

Benchmarks

ATTO Disk Benchmark The freeware ATTO benchmark provides basic sequential speed results for both read and write operations. Using the default queue depth of four, we record read and write speeds during 4MB transfers.
CrystalDiskMark CrystalDiskMark provides various storage benchmarks, but we're interested in the returned 32-thread 4K performance numbers to see how well the drives fare when tasked with numerous small transfers.
AS SSD AS SSD measures performance against a trio of popular applications.
PCMark 8 PCMark 8's storage test is a collection of workloads that isolate the performance of the PC's storage system.

Notes

We have sought to run a number of popular tests to evaluate whether the Crucial BX300 480GB SSD has any obvious weaknesses, and we're comparing the numbers produced to an SK hynix SC300 drive that's available for the same £140 outlay as the Crucial.