Crucial BX200 480GB SSD Review
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…
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.
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.
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.
courtesy of Crucial
|Product Line||Crucial SSD|
|Form Factor||2.5-inch internal SSD|
|Specs||Crucial BX200 480GB SATA 6Gbps 2.5″ Internal SSD • 540 MB/s Read / 490 MB/s Write|
|Device Type||Internal Solid State Drive|
|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|
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… 😉
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… 🙂
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…
|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|
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.
- 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
|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…
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… 😉
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Many thanks to Crucial for providing this sample for review