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Crucial launches MX100 SSDs and Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory

by Mark Tyson on 3 June 2014, 11:01

Tags: Crucial Technology (NASDAQ:MU)

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Crucial has a couple of product announcements for us today. The first new product launch is the MX100 SSD range. These are said to be "cost effective mainstream performance" devices built using Micron’s new 16 nanometer (nm) 128Gb NAND. Addressing an entirely different market segment Crucial also announced its new Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules "which deliver the next generation of memory to high performance gaming". These memory modules offer nearly twice the bandwidth of mainstream DDR3 memory.

Crucial MX100 Solid State Drives

Crucial claims that with these new drives "The choice between speed and capacity is over. Choose both." Also the low cost per GB is highlighted in the PR blurb, so thankfully Crucial has actually given us the MSRPs of this new range in the press release. The 2.5-inch 7mm form factor MX100 in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities have respective MSRPs of £56.99, £78.99, and £159.99.

The two larger capacity drives are said to utilise Micron’s new 16 nanometer 128Gb NAND, in addition to a SATA 6Gb/s controller and custom firmware, to deliver up to 90,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The firm also quotes a true 550/500 MB/s sequential read/write speed for both compressible and incompressible data. Also, in comparison to a traditional HDD, Micron says one of these new MX100 SSDs could prove to be 89 per cent more power efficient.

Despite its budget pricing the Crucial MX100 range still includes the following advanced features; best-in-class hardware encryption, Native Write Acceleration, Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN), Exclusive Data Defense, Adaptive Thermal Protection, and Power Loss Protection.

Buyers receive a copy of Acronis True Image HD data migration software and a 3 year warranty. Crucial says the drives are available immediately through the usual channels, including crucial.com.

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 Memory

Crucial has announced these new memory modules aimed at "gamers and enthusiasts". We are told that the Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules deliver introductory speeds which start at 2666 MT/s and 3000 MT/s. These figures are expected to improve as the technology matures. Compared with DDR3 memory these modules offer nearly twice the bandwidth, at up to 24GB/s. The effect should be a significant improvement in frame rates and system responsiveness. One further benefit of the new Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules is that they are also said to be up to 40 per cent more power efficient than DDR3 alternatives.

"Gamers and enthusiasts push their systems to the limit and are always looking for ways to reduce bottlenecks," said Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial. "With the introduction of Ballistix DDR4, the fastest memory speeds and bandwidths are now more accessible. Along with making peak performance attainable, Ballistix DDR4 also sets up gamers and enthusiasts for the next wave of performance that will only be possible with newer platforms using DDR4."

These modules support Intel XMP 2.0 profiles and are optimised for the Intel X99 platform. Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory will be made available in August in 4GB and 8GB modules, as well as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB kits.

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Well I have to say that I'm just about at laptop upgrade point with the 512gb and given Crucial's SSD reliability I think this is looking good.
I'm guessing due to the higher latencies the first generation of DDR4 will be slower than the current best DDR3 modules.
Consumer grade DDR4 …. oodles of bandwidth …. come on AMD, get the DDR4 supporting APUs out ASAP!
I'm guessing due to the higher latencies the first generation of DDR4 will be slower than the current best DDR3 modules.

Depends on what you mean by slower. It looks like they're starting DDR4 at 3000MT/s, so one stick of that will provide almost as much bandwidth as dual channel DDR3-1600. Compared to enthusiast grade DDR3 it will probably benchmark slower, but there are hardly any computing tasks that are RAM bandwidth limited anyway, so in real terms you probably won't notice the difference (the same way that triple and quad channel DDR3 on s1366/2011 dosn't make any real difference). Plus as you keep adding DDR4 sticks you keep getting more bandwidth, so when we get it on mainstream platforms is will start making a huge difference fairly quickly.

Obviously the main thing that's currently bandwidth limited is IGP performance, particularly for AMD. A Kaveri platform with 2 sticks of DDR4-3000 will have half as much bandwidth again as the current dual channel DDR3-2133 setup, and with 3 sticks will have more than twice the bandwidth of the current setup. I guess in laptops it'll be even more noticable, because it's rare to get higher than DDR3-1600 in laptops, whereas by the looks of it Crucial will be doing DDR4-3000 SODIMMs up front.
Think the RAM will only make a major difference with Laptops and APU builds right?, DDR3 will be fine for everything else for a fair while surely.