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Crucial joins the high-speed SSD scene

by Parm Mann on 20 July 2009, 15:24

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When it comes to solid state drives (SSDs), the majority of big-name memory manufacturers - including the likes of Corsair and OCZ - have been eager to adopt the technology, launching quicker models on an almost monthly basis.

It's a surprise, then, to see that Crucial - now merged with Lexar Media as the consumer arm of Micron - is only today rolling up its sleeves and showing its SSD ambition. Although the California-based manufacturer already offers plenty of flash-based products, today marks the arrival of its first high-capacity and high-speed drive - the Crucial M225.

The 2.5in drive is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, and promises to "enhance system performance by improving operating system boot and application load times". All three feature MLC NAND flash memory, and Crucial's flagship 256GB drive (pictured left) promises read and write speeds of up to 250MB/s and 200MB/s, respectively.

The 128GB drive, meanwhile, reads at up to 250MB/s and writes at up to 190MB/s, while the smaller 64GB drive will provide read speeds of up to 200MB/s and write speeds of up to 150MB/s.

Impressive numbers, and the drives - backed by a five-year limited warranty - are available now priced at £104.99, £201.99 and £367.99 in order of capacity.

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I'm looking forward to some benchmarks between these and the Corsair ‘Extreme’ range… unless there are some significant speed advantages to the Corsair drives, I'd probably go for one of these, as their 64GB drive is some £70 cheaper.
im still waiting for the new intels to arrive. ill have my mind made up by around christmas.
Impressive numbers, and the drives - backed by a five-year limited warranty - are available now priced at £104.99, £201.99 and £367.99 in order of capacity

Those prices seem to be ex-vat according to Crucial's site. Less than £2 per gb though. I've set myself a £1.5 per gb cut off as long as I'm not having to pay £000's to get that ratio. I suspect I may be tempted earlier though if reviews of this (or any other drives as cheap) are good…

Any idea on which controller this is using?

& if any Hexus staff are reading this, can I suggest that you ask Crucial to supply more than just the biggest, best performing model. The manufacturers openly accept the smaller capacity drives are slower, but it would be interesting to see how much actual impact that has on both benchmarks and real world times/tests. I can understand them wanting to show off the top model, but I think a lot of people are looking to get an SSD system drive sooner rather than later, and the cheapest way of doing that will be to go with one of the smaller capacity drives.
There's a real gap in the market for a 64GB SSD with the same performance as 120+ drives IMHO.
64 is what i want, but i want the performance of the 120 drives (write speed wise) without the penalty of the mental price tag.
Meh, makes me want to order 2 of the 120s ready for W7 RTM……and it's payday today.