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