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Crucial BX200 480GB SSD Review

February 5th, 2016 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

It’s been a while since we’ve looked at an SSD here at pcG (ooh that rhymes!) and I have to confess that SSDs don’t really excite me as much anymore as they used to! That’s because they’ve been around for so long now and the performance has somewhat stagnated due to the limitations of SATA3 and it 6Gb/s throughput. But the good news is that SSDs are now cheaper than ever and capacities at 500GB and over are becoming the norm. And that is good news for us Gamers as maybe it’s now time to get that Steam collection off of the HDD and on to an SSD! 😉

With that in mind, today I will be taking a look at the latest in a long line of SSDs from Memory giant Crucial, let me introduce you to the Crucial BX200 480GB (CT480BX200SSD1). This SSD not only boasts a 480GB capacity and a Read speed of 540 MB/s and a Write speed of 490 MB/s but also it costs less than £100! Now that is exciting…

 

Crucial logo large ‘Ever start your computer, then have to find something to do while it wakes up? Your computer should be ready when you are – not the other way around. Make long wait times a thing of the past by loading apps in seconds, booting up almost instantly, and accelerating nearly everything on your computer. Get more done and have more fun with the Crucial® BX200 SSD. Accessing your data on the Crucial BX200 is like flipping a light switch – it’s almost instant. The Crucial BX200 delivers true 540 MB/s sequential reads on both compressible and incompressible data, which allows you to access files and apps almost as soon as you click on them. Stop pulling your hair out waiting for your computer to catch up to you. Life moves fast – your computer should too.’

 

Crucial BX200 480GB - box front Crucial BX200 480GB - box back

 

The Crucial BX200 480GB SSD arrived at pcG in a regular sized, predominately white box with an image of the drive on the front. In addition to this we see the Crucial by Micron brand name as well as the product name and capacity. The BX200 is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.

The back of the box provides little else other than the box contents (2.5 inch 7mm SSD SATA 6Gb/s, 7mm to 9.5mm spacer & Data migration software key) and an indication as to the drive’s three year limited warranty.

 

Crucial BX200 480GB - box open

 

As we can see from the image above the Crucial BX200 comes more than adequately packaged for an SSD, being house in a plastic tray and sealed in an anti-static bag.

 

Crucial BX200 480GB - box contents

 

There’s very little in the box (although what did you expect!), we have the main SSD itself as well as a 7mm to 9.5mm spacer. In addition to this there’s also a licence key for Acronis True Image HD to help you migrate your data to your new Crucial SSD!

 

At the time of writing the Crucial BX200 480GB (CT480BX200SSD1) is retailing for approximately £99 at Overclockers UK and comes with a three year limited warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of Crucial

Product Specifications
Brand

Crucial
Warranty

Limited 3-year
Series

BX200
Product Line

Crucial SSD
Form Factor

2.5-inch internal SSD
Capacity

480GB
Specs

Crucial BX200 480GB SATA 6Gbps 2.5″ Internal SSD • 540 MB/s Read / 490 MB/s Write
Interface

SATA 6.0Gb/s
Device Type

Internal Solid State Drive
Unit Heigth

7mm
Form Factor

2.5-inch (7mm)
Package Content

Crucial box, 2.5-inch (7mm) SSD, 9.5mm adapter bracket, Acronis® True Image™ HD software certificate for free data transfer

* Additional details available here

 

First Impressions

 

Crucial BX200 480GB

 

Now let’s be fair it’s difficult to manufacture and SSD that’s truly desirable when it comes to looks! And Crucial have proved it here with the BX200, quite simply put it’s an SSD with a blue sticker on it! Nuff said… 😉

 

Crucial BX200 480GB - front Crucial BX200 480GB - back Crucial BX200 480GB - connections

 

So the front has a blue sticker that states the Crucial by Micron brand and the fact that this is a 2.5-inch Solid State Drive, just in case we were unsure.

The back is far more exciting (when compared to the front that is!), as the back gives us a little more information providing us with model number (CT480BX200SSD1), part number and serial number as well as model name, capacity etc.

 

But to be honest as long as a drive looks ok most of us are happy, as it’s not something we tend to show off (although some Cases seem to be doing that now!). The most important aspect of this Crucial BX200 SSD is the performance that it offers and the cost of that performance, and both are impressive… 🙂

 

Testing Methodology/Setup

 

Our new Skylake Test Rig for this review (shown below) was treated to a fresh install of Windows 10 Home 64Bit with all associated Drivers installed. I also ensured that AHCI was set in the UEFI (although this is now the default settings for most modern MBs). The drive was connected to the Intel SATA3 (6GBs) port (SATA3_0) of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 motherboard. No special or other BIOS/UEFI options are required…

  • Test Rig Setup

  • Case Cooler Master HAF XB Power Supply Corsair AX760i 760W
    Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6 CPU Intel Core i5 6600K
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S RAM G Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB
    Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified SSD Crucial BX200 480GB

     

    Hardware Performance

     
    We use PCMark 8 to help ascertain Gaming performance. The test used measures the performance of the drive while loading real game data for both World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3. In addition to this we will also use ATTO Disk Benchmark to confirm the drives claimed performance levels.
     

    • BENCHMARKS
    Crucial MX200 250GB - ATTO results

    Crucial MX200 – 250GB

    Crucial BX200 480GB - ATTO results

    Crucial BX200 – 480GB

    Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB - ATTO results

    HyperX Savage 240GB

     

    • ATTO Disk Benchmark

     

    As we can see the Crucial BX200 480GB SSD surpasses its claimed performance speeds of (540MB/s Read & 490MB/s write) with a measured maximum Read speed of 559MB/s and a maximum Write speed of 499MB/s. While that may be some impressive numbers we did see some inconsistencies in that later tests (namely 16MB, 32MB & 48MB). Now while we’re unsure as to what may cause this we did find it to be consistent, especially in the larger size tests!? Let’s take a look at how (and if) this translates in the Game loading benchmarks…

     

    • PCMark 8 Storage Test

     

    Crucial BX200 480GB - PCMARK 8 results

    PCMark 8 – Results

     

    Drive Type World of Warcraft (Load Time) Battlefield 3 (Load Time)
    Crucial MX200 250GB SSD 57.8 s 132.8 s
    Crucial MX100 256GB SSD 57.8 s 132.9 s
    Toshiba HG6 512GB SSD 57.8 s 132.9 s
    Crucial BX100 250GB SSD 58.5 s 133.6 s
    Kingston M.2 120GB M.2 58.5 s 134.0 s
    Crucial BX200 480GB SSD 59.1 s 134.5 s
    HyperX Savage 240GB SSD 58.8 s 134.5 s
    Kingston Now 60GB mSATA 58.9 s 136.2 s
    HyperX Fury 120GB SSD 58.8 s 136.4 s
    ADATA SX300 64GB mSATA 59.0 s 136.7 s
    Kingston HyperX Na’Vi Limited Edition 240GB SSD 59.2 s 137.6 s
    Kingston 200V+ 60GB SSD 59.8 s 138.2 s
    Seagate 2TB SSHD SSHD 99.2 s 260.5 s
    Toshiba 1TB Hybrid SSHD 91.6 s 285.0 s
    Western Digital Black 1TB HDD 123.6 s 303.9 s

     

    We use the PCMark 8 benchmark to test real world loading times for both World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3. As you can see from the results above the Crucial BX200 put in a good showing in the PCMark 8 test, with average loading times of 58.8s and 134.5s for World of Warcraft and Battlefield 4 respectively. And, as you can see the results at the top of the grid a very close, with less than two seconds separating the Crucial BX200 from the Crucial (funnily enough!) MX200, that’s a a difference of around only 1.5%. The same can be said for the World of Warcraft test, once again there’s very little in it. With a Storage 2.0 bandwidth of 199.84MB/s the BX200 is not going to challenge some of the better scores we’ve seen such as the MX200’s 224MB/s, but as you can see this figure doesn’t seem to translate into the Game loading times anyway…

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    There’s still not too much to get excited about in the world of SSDs, but the Crucial BX200 480GB proves otherwise. Crucial have a decent looking drive with a high capacity, great performance and a budget price. Now surely that’s a little bit exiting, don’t you think!?

    The Crucial BX200 arrived at pcG in a regular sized box with its contents well packaged and presented. In addition to the SSD and a 2.5mm spacer Crucial also included a Licence key for a Acronis True image HD, useful if you plan on migrating from another drive. SSDs in general are not the best looking devices on the market and the Crucial follows this trend with a simple cast aluminium frame and a basic blue sticker.

    But SSDs are all about the performance more than anything and it is in this department that the BX200 does well, it performed well in our Gaming benchmarks and was just 1.5% shy of the leaders with Loading Times of of 58.8s and 134.5s for World of Warcraft and Battlefield 4 respectively. The ATTO benchmark proved that the drive was operating well within its manufacturer’s claims (540MB/s Read & 490MB/s Write) with scores of 559MB/s and 499MB/s. Although we did spot some inconsistencies in the large block size tests, that we also found we could repeat, which was a little odd! But it’s worth bearing in mind the ATTO benchmark is not a real world test, and the PCMark 8 tests are…

    Luckily the Crucial BX200 480GB has a trump card up its sleeve, not only does it offer generally good performance (far better than any HDD) but it’s also available in large capacities (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) and this 480GB version is yours for less than £100! The time has come guys, it’s time to ditch those HDDs… 😉

     

    Verdict

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    Design/Quality pcGameware awards the Crucial BX200 480GB a Silver
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    Many thanks to Crucial for providing this sample for review

     


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