Crucial C300 SATA 6Gb/s SSD Review


Crucial C300 SATA   6Gb/s SSD Review


Solid State Drives have become a mainstream part of performance PCs now and so hopefully you're all aware of the benefits it can bring to your system.

So what are the benefits that the Crucial C300 can bring to the table?

Let's start with the average, the Write speeds. 150MB/s is unquestionably fast when compared with mechanical drives, but it's only around the middle of the pack when we look at the currently available SSDs. Considering this retails at just over £300 we'd expect to see at least 200MB/s, as we do with the Nova. It's especially disappointing when we look at what it clearly the jewel in the C300's crown, the read speeds.

A famous quote says that "there are lies, damn lies, and statistics". We can paraphrase that now by saying there is quick, fast and then the Crucial C300. We get so used to hardware that edges the performance line forward in tiny increments, be it 2.8GHz, then 2.9GHz and finally 3GHz or whatever, that to see something that takes your previous expectations and obliterates them does make us stop and think.

There was a time when 200MB/s was amazing. 250MB/s seemed, well and still is, properly fast. 300, and in this case 330+ is just unbelievable. The difference it makes is nearly as impressive as the difference between a mechanical and an SSD.

The main question question is; If you have a suitable SATA 6Gbp/s motherboard, is the Crucial C300 worthy of your money? Really it depends upon your finances and your relentless demand for the absolute best. If you don't own a SSD at all then you definitely should consider the C300. The write speeds are medium, but everything, if repetition can be a hint of emphasis then everything, crumbles before the might of those read speeds.

In time other drives will combine this brutal read speeds with equally fast write speeds. But for now, despite its £300 price tag, we can easily give this our performance award.

The Good
- 340MB/s read speeds.Wow.
- Built in TRIM.
- Did we mention 340MB/s read speed?
- Crucials excellent three-year warranty.

- I hesitate to put the write speeds here as 150MB/s isn't poor, but in pales in the shadow of the read.
- £300+ for a 128GB drive is quite pricey, even by SSD standards.

- Nothing


Thanks to Crucial for supplying the C300. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

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

21-06-2010, 10:26:54

Nice review, but shame about the write speed, not much to write home about.Quote

21-06-2010, 11:05:12

Indeed but all that blazing still burns a hole in the walletQuote

21-06-2010, 12:25:59

Originally Posted by name='Warzone'
Indeed but all that blazing still burns a hole in the wallet
Actually there would be nothing of my wallet left. Quote

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