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Review | Crucial MX300 SSD

by on August 26, 2016


With more and more consumers taking to building or upgrading components in their computers, one of the most effective ways at improving performance is switching from a hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid state drive (SSD).  Pricing has certainly come down over the past few years, but SSDs, especially quality ones, can still command a pretty penny.  Fortunately there are manufacturers such as Crucial that have made it a point to give consumers an affordable option, one of those being the MX300. We put one of the MX300’s in to a test PC to find out just what kind of impact it would have on read/write speeds and boot times.

The MX300 comes in a few capacities such as 275GB, 525GB (the version we’re reviewing), 750GB and 1TB. Coming in at a height of 7mm, and 2.5in in length, the MX300 is roughly 90x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive, while Crucial includes hardware encryption to keep things locked and safe. In our read/write tests, sequential reads and writes came in between 520-530MB/s (read) and 500-510MB/s (write), which is about on par with the SSD’s expected performance.

We were also pleased to see how quickly our test PC booted up.  For comparison, we used a year-old Toshiba HDD that booted our Windows 10 PC in about 40 seconds, but saw that boot-up time dropped to about 15 seconds with the MX300.  Crucial includes a 3-year limited warranty, while expecting the SSD to retain its performance for 220TB of total bytes written.

For people looking to swap out their old hard disk drives for a speedier solid state model, Crucial’s created a good option. At $130, the MX300 is a great deal and is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a fast and reliable SSD that doesn’t break the bank.

Final Score: 4.5 out of 5

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