Page 10 - Conclusion
If one were to look at why Crucial was selling boatloads of their MX100 SSDs in the last little while, it was because it was based on a formula that made sense: Decent speed, great price, and top notch reliability. Adding some enterprise features like power failure protection is the icing on the cake. Simply put, the Crucial MX200 is a drive that will not just load things quickly today, but you can be confident it will faithfully remain the same tomorrow and the next. Although it did not represent a total performance improvement over its predecessor (It is built on practically the same hardware), especially in some real world simulations that required more sustained performance, it came with a key improvement over the MX100 for common consumer workloads: Write speed. In general, the Crucial MX200 is a competitive solid state drive in the mainstream market, with one of the highest endurance ratings at 160TB. For those who are looking to install the MX200 in their laptop, its low overall power consumption and native Microsoft eDrive encryption support makes it a real winner. Of course, whether or not the Crucial MX200 is a worthy hard drive replacement proposed at the beginning of this review really depends on the application. The cheaper BX100 performs almost as well, and in some cases, even better than the MX200, for only $165 at press time. For desktop users, it is hard to beat the cheaper option. On the other hand, if you are looking to install it in your laptop, then this SSD for $200 when this review is published is a solid contender for your money. At the end of the day, Crucial's newest mainstream offering continues the tradition of decent speed, great price, and top notch reliability, and for this, the MX200 will remain to be one product that delivers quite a bit of bang for your buck.
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The Crucial MX200 500GB is a sensible mainstream SSD that continues the company's tradition of decent speed, great price, and top notch reliability with low power consumption and Microsoft eDrive support.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 126.96.36.199
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage