Crucial C300 SATA 6Gb/s SSD Review


Crucial C300 SATA 6Gb/s SSD Review


Solid State Drives.

Hopefully by now we've all accepted that these are the absolute performance Kings. As much, if not larger, a part of your system as every other component. If you're running anything like a modern processor then you're losing huge performance just by sticking stubbornly to your old mechanical device. And yes, they are expensive, but so is everything that has this level of performance. Right. Hopefully all the "ooh but the GB per £ is ridiculous" brigade have either gone back to complaining about Steam-Powered Looms or joined the rest of us in the digital age, and those of us who welcome technology can move on.

When SATA 3Gb/s technology first emerged we were all stunned with both the bandwidth available and the ability to hot-swap. This was as much a leap forward as USB was and, short of having hot-swappable CPUs and GPUs, the last step needed to a truly plug and play system.

The thought that it was possible to need more bandwidth than we had available seemed ridiculous to those of us still just comprehending ATA-133. Times change though and when Solid State Drives were introduced it only took one or two revisions before we hit the limit of what was available.

Speed is addictive though. As you improve your system you notice the next item of hardware that is lagging behind and improve that. It's a never ending process. So if 200MB/s read speeds just aren't fast enough for you, perhaps you need to take a look at today's review, the Crucial C300 SATA 6Gb/s SSD.

Technical Specifications

The C300 cognomen should really tell you all you need to know. It's Crucial and does over 300MB/s read. Simple. Ok come back tomorrow when we'll have another review for you.


Oh you want more than that? Okay. Here are the technical specifications courtesy of Crucial's excellent PDF.

Capacity128GB Unformatted
FirmwareField Upgradable
InterfaceSATA 6Gb/s. Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s
Command SetSMART and ATA-8 w/TRIM
Access Time<0.1ms
Read Speed265MB/s SATA 3Gb/s and 355MB/s SATA 6Gb/s
Write Speed140MB/s SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s
Power Consumption1.7W Read, 3.1W Write, 0.092W Idle
Operating Temperature0°C to +70°C
Shock Resistance1500G
WarrantyLimited 3 Year

Let's move on to the ever popular page two and see what we have to play with today.

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Most Recent Comments

21-06-2010, 06:46:06

We all know that SSDs are blazingly fast. What would you get if you took an SSD and added SATA 6Gb/s support? Let's find out.

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21-06-2010, 07:15:31

Nice review duderQuote

21-06-2010, 07:21:22

Yeah nice one VB. Nice to know that SSDs are still getting faster and faster Quote

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