Crucial C300 SATA 6Gb/s SSD Review
Getting a Good Look
Crucials packaging for the C300 is an exercise in minimalism. That isn't to say it's bad by any stretch. It's exactly what it needs to be. Big enough to contain the product and some foam, and sturdy enough to protect it. No more. No less. Given the energy savings from a SSD it would be silly to put it in a rain-forests worth of packaging.
Flipping the lid we can see a fair amount of foam protecting the drive itself. The drive is, by virtue of it being a memory device, in an anti-static bag. Upon removal we have a gorgeous metal casing with a front sticker that perfectly apes the box.
Flipping the C300 onto its back we find the standard barcode sticker that has been a feature of storage devices since the dawn of time. We also have four standard mounting holes on the bottom and four on the side as well, ensuring a very flexible mounting system for any case or caddy.
Micron have broken through with MLC NAND that conforms to ONFI 2.1 standard and therefore provides incredible performance. Whilst at the Enterprise level ONFI 2.2 is available, naturally it takes a while before business class performance is available to the home user at a price point remotely affordable. Here we have a Micron OAD12 cache chip that should ensure even at these incredible speeds there isn't any stuttering. This, along with the controller below, is paired to some Micron NAND MLC that are labelled as OCB12 and ODB12.
The Crucial C300 uses the Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller, which is rated for 355MB/s read and 215MB/s write. It has native SMART, Secure Erase and, most importantly, TRIM support out the box. TRIM is vital in ensuring that your drive remains at its optimum performance.
Let's move on to page three, where we wont see busty Debbie from Essex, but rather something very flat indeed from Boise, Idaho.