Crucial C300 SATA 6Gb/s SSD Review
Test Setup and Results
As we had the MSI 890FXA-GD70 on the test bench and it's replete with a SATA 6Gb/s controller we took advantage of this to test the Crucial C300.
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor @ 3.9GHz
4GB G.Skill 2000MHz RAM @ 1333MHz
ASUS Radeon HD5850 Top
Cougar 1000CM 1KW PSU
Windows 7 64 Bit
Crucial C300 128GB SSD
Although the MSI comes with a SATA 3Gb/s port as well we'll skip testing on that. There are plenty of SATA 3Gb/s SSDs around, including Crucials excellent M225 we reviewed a few weeks ago. As this is very much the "next generation" of Solid State Drives we're going to be putting it up against the best of the current generation, the Corsair Nova 128GB on a SATA 3Gb/s interface to see if the technology swap really gives the results we hope.
But first, let's get a look at some graphs.
Anyone want to see the smoothest graph in the world? How about these results then Ladies and Gentlemen? The read graph is about the flattest result we've ever seen, and the write graph, although the speeds aren't as high as we'd hoped, is equally flat barring the four occassions the cache switched and caused a brief spike. Absolutely un-noticeable in use we hasten to add.
Everest provides a more stable SSD read test thanks to its fearsomely regular updating. The random read test spiked to just shy of 400MB/s which is ridiculously good. Once we move to the linear read we see a graph that rivals the HD Tune one above for flatness. Linear is absolutely the perfect description, with only 4MB/s deviation between minimum and maximum.
It's flatter than Jim after his birthday evening.
Finally in our graphing goodness we see HD Tach give us very similar results. One thing is not in question, this C300 really flies.
Crystal Disk Mark
Although the read speeds are confirmed in Crystal Disk Mark, we need to mention something about the write speeds. Read speeds are always more important because you read way more than you write, but nonetheless seeing only 145MB/s in our write tests is disappointing for a drive at this end of the market.
With our singular tests completed, let's run this up against our SATA 3Gb/s weapon of choice and see how it fairs.