AnandTech Storage Bench - Light

The Light trace is designed to be an accurate illustration of basic usage. It's basically a subset of the Heavy trace, but we've left out some workloads to reduce the writes and make it more read intensive in general. Please refer to this article for full details of the test.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Light (Data Rate)

Now the 250GB MX200 enjoys a small benefit over the larger capacities when the drive is empty as the SLC cache is in its most effective state (the Light trace writes so little that all can be written in SLC). However, once the drive is full, the 250GB again loses a substantial part of its performance drops below any other SSD we have tested. Overall the BX100 is a better fit for light workloads, although the difference isn't huge (10-15%).

AnandTech Storage Bench - Light (Latency)

AnandTech Storage Bench - Light (Latency)

Power consumption remains good and competitive against other high-end drives, except for the full 250GB model that draws a lot more power as it needs to write all data twice.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Light (Power)

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy Random Performance


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  • beginner99 - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    SSD market has becoming just as boring as CPU. Time for new chipste and NVMe drives which will finally deliver an actual improvement. However for clients, it doesn't really matter...even my intel G2 was good enough. Reply
  • JackF - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    I continue to be happy with my 1TB Samsung EVO drive. For $359, it is/was a good value, and consistently performs high on these comparison charts.

    Just out of curiosity, why is the Mushkin Reactor not included on any of the comparison charts? When I was considering an upgrade, it was at the top of my list, but you never include it in the comparison charts. You gave it a Anandtech recommendation back in February?
  • Teknobug - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    Sounds like what Kingston did with the SSDNow series, older SSDNow drives were fast but the newer ones are ridiculously slow, so now the same with Crucial? Reply
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, May 23, 2015 - link

    Take another look at the BX100 - that's a really good value drive and anything but slow. Reply
  • jabber - Saturday, May 23, 2015 - link

    The Kingston SSDs are great value as they are usually the cheapest SSDs on Amazon etc. And in most cases are probably being used to upgrade SATA II equipped hardware. In which case they will push 260MBps all day long. Seen many labour for days over SSD specs and reviews when in fact the machine they want to upgrade doesn't have SATA III. Reply
  • der - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    Crucial for CRUCIAL performance. Eek! Reply
  • eanazag - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    In the SSD market I only see excitement in PCIe/NVMe designs. I believe there is a place for SATA drives, but the differentiation needs to innovative; i.e. beyond performance. Warranty, reliability, consistency, software tools, and RAID support are areas for differentiation.

    After looking at the value & mainstream performance products in the chart the Samsung Evo is a compelling product. Crucial's BX line is a price undercutting product compared to the Evo and it doesn't do that. I say this because the BX feature set is sub-par to the Evo. The MX is the Evo's direct competitor.
  • KaarlisK - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    I do not get TRIM validation. There was never doubt that TRIM works in the sense that they LBAs contain zeroes. The question always was whether TRIMming a drive would restore degraded performance. And for some drives, it would not.
    Why isn't this verified any more? Or have I missed something?
  • creed3020 - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    Thanks so much for the review Kristian. Now I can finally compare this in Bench to others drives when making recommendations for clients. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Friday, May 22, 2015 - link

    Price and warranty. Anyway, it is just getting more difficult to compete with Samsung which is the case and it will just get worse. Reply

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