BX200 arrives in a small packet which resembles previous releases from Crucial. The packaging is professional and features a depiction of the drive on the front, while on the reverse there is a list of contents and information surrounding the included standards.
Opening this box up we have a number of included items which form the bundle. These accessories include:
• BX200 SSD inside an anti-static bag
• 7mm to 9.5mm spacer
• Data migration software key (Acronis True Image HD)
Some drives lack a spacer kit but it’s nice to see Crucial including this. The inclusion of Acronis True Image HD is also very useful since we have access to backup software as soon as the drive is installed.
In keeping with the BX/MX counterparts, BX200 utilises a part plastic, part metal shroud and a branding label on the front to distinguish the model name/number. The reverse contains serial number details which will be useful should you need to get in contact with Crucial for any technical assistance.
BX200 replaces BX100 in Crucial’s lineup and is Micron’s first TLC-based SSD – so far SanDisk and Samsung have dominated the TLC arena due to controller support. At the very heart of this drive is the Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller. SM2256 was announced this summer and to our knowledge has only been used in one other vendor’s solid state release.
This controller supports up to 524MB/s Sequential Read and 400MB/s Sequential Write. The IOPS performance entertains up to 90K (4KB Random Read) and up to 70K (4K Random Write). AES-56 and TCG Opal 2.0 encryption methodologies are supported.
Crucial actually claim slightly higher than these specifications for the Sequential Performance – on the following pages we’ll discover how this holds up.