by Adam Armstrong

Crucial Expands Its MX300 Line

Crucial announced today that it was expanding its MX300 line of SSDs to include other capacities. We reviewed the MX300 last month when it was only offered in a capacity of 750GB.  The new capacities the drive is offered in are 275GB, 525GB, and 1TB. Crucial also annunced an M.2 form factor of the drive will be release next month in what it states as “all capacities.”

As we previously said, the MX300 leverages Micron's new 3D TLC NAND. Crucial reports transfer speeds of 530MB/s read and 510MB/s write, as well as an endurance rating of 220 TBW. Through our testing we found the drive to have strong performance in our HTPC and random 4K write benchmarks. The price per gigabyte is also an attractive option with this drive. One of the points of contention we had with the drive was the lack of capacity options that Crucial has now addressed.

Features include:

  • AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption to keep personal and confidential data secure
  • RAIN technology for increased reliability by storing data in multiple locations on the drive
  • Exclusive Data Defense to prevent files from becoming corrupted
  • Adaptive Thermal Protection to keep systems cool

Specifications:

  • NAND: Micron 3D TLC
  • Capacities: 275GB, 525GB, 750GB, 1TB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch x 7mm
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Performance
    • Sequential Read: Up to 530 MB/s
    • Sequential Write: Up to 510 MB/s
    • Random Read: Up to 92,000 IOPS
    • Random Write: Up to 83,000 IOPS
  • Reliability
    • MTTF: 1.5 million hours
    • Static and dynamic wear leveling
    • Operating Temperature: 0ºC to 70ºC
    • Warranty: 3-year limited

Availability and pricing:

All capacities of the 2.5” MX300 are available now, come with a 3-year warranty, Acronis True Image HD data migration software, and are supported by Crucial Storage Executive tool. The MSRP are 275GB: $69.99, 525GB: $129.99, 750GB: $189.99, and 1TB: $259.99.

Crucial MX300

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