January 6th, 2015 by Lyle Smith
Crucial MX200 and BX100 SSDs Announced
Crucial has announced two new solid state drives: the Crucial MX200, for those looking for high performance and premium features, and the Crucial BX100, for users looking for a more affordable option though it still has an emphasis on mainstream performance needs.
Crucial MX200 SSD
The Crucial MX200 SSD is quoted to deliver sequential reads and write up to 555MB/s and 500MB/s respectively as well as random reads and writes up to 100k and 87k IOPS on all file types. Additionally, it is built with an endurance rating up to 320 TBW for the 1TB model, delivering up to five times more endurance than a typical client SSD. The new line will be available in 2.5 inch, mSATA, M.2 160mm, and M.2 180mm form factors.
The Crucial MX200 is also the only consumer drive on the market that features Dynamic Write Acceleration, which is a new and unique technology that enables faster saves and file transfers. The MX200 also offers other key features, including:
- AES 256-bit encryption to protect data at the highest possible level
- Exclusive Data Defense to guard against corrupt files
- Adaptive Thermal Protection to keep systems cool
- Power Loss Protection to preserve user data if power is lost
Each Crucial MX200 SSD includes Acronis True Image HD data migration software, which moves all files, operating systems, settings, and programs from an existing hard drive to a newly installed SSD. This disk-imaging technology powered by Acronis' AnyData Engine allows users to quickly, easily, and accurately install their new SSD as their system drive.
Crucial BX100 SSD
The affordable Crucial BX100 is quoted with sequential reads and writes up to 535MB/s and 450MB/s on all file types and features Extreme Energy Efficiency technology, making it two times more energy efficient than a typical hard drive. This allows users to run their systems longer, using less power. The BX100 is the first Crucial drive to include the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller.
Crucial has also announced that their new Crucial Storage Executive software tool is now available, which helps users to monitor, maintain, and optimize their Crucial SSD. It is available for download at crucial.com/se.
It also allows users to:
- Update to the latest firmware version
- Reset the drive's encryption password
- Report on drive status, model, capacity, firmware version, temperature, and overall health
The tool works with the new BX100 and MX200 SSDs, as well as existing M500, M550, and MX100 SSDs.
The MX200 line is available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB with respective prices of of $139.99, $249.99, and $469.99. The Crucial BX100 are available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities and are priced at $69.99, $109.99, $199.99, and $399.99, respectively.
Both Crucial MX200 and BX100 2.5-inch drives will be available in Q1 2015. The Crucial MX200 will also be available in mSATA and M.2 form factors during Q1 2015.
Update: Our Crucial BX100 review