Crucial M225 128GB

Conclusion

Conclusion

The Crucial M225 128GB was sent to us as something billed for notebook replacement and so expectations for blazing performance were minimal. It's also priced similarly to the OCZ Solid 2 series of drives and they provide around the 120MB/s speed bracket so it was yet another reason hopes weren't high. We know that Samsung produce a drive at the same price that the Crucial is marketed at, but the Samsung chips are produced in such volumes and Samsung can give themselves a good deal, that it's not really fair to compare the Indilinx equipped Crucial.

Very very quickly it became apparent that it didn't matter which drive we compared the Crucial M225 to, it would stand with its head held high. In fact any allowance we might have been willing to give it for being designed as a replacement notebook storage solution also quickly had to be dispelled.

Any drive that can provide sustained and random read speeds around 240MB/s has to be considered very seriously indeed for everyone from notebook/laptop users all the way up to the uber-performance desktop market.

It's a struggle to think of much that the Crucial doesn't do with aplomb. It's built well and looks nice. It's seriously fast and despite having only 64MB of cache at no point did we encounter any stuttering. It increased the battery life of our test notebook by around 20%, which is a massive saving in downtime and electricity from recharging. Plus, if this very high feature set wasn't enough, it's priced right down at the low end of the 128GB SSD market.

Almost entirely flawless. Our only small reservations are about the general fact that SSDs are still around £2 to the GB which is very pricey. Otherwise, it comes as highly recommended as we can recommend anything. If money is no object or you're a performance junkie, you should have stopped reading already and be off to buy one.

The Good
- Fast. Incredibly fast.
- Looks very swish.
- Huge improvement on battery life.

The Mediocre
- Packaging is perfectly fine, but not exciting.

The Bad
- As always with SSDs. Price is brutal. This is a cheap SSD, but still expensive.

 

Many thanks to Crucial for providing the M225 for today's review. Discuss in our forum

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Most Recent Comments

07-01-2010, 07:38:21

kyle9600
Looks good nice consistent speeds compared to some i have seenQuote

07-01-2010, 08:47:24

Rastalovich
Great review.

£283 >.<

We're about to be on the crest of drives with controllers capable of bursting over 300mbs as an average, one would hope that they take over the £2/G mantle, whilst the ""slower"" <280mbs existing drives head towards £1.5/G (atleast! ) To that extent, it still doesn't look good.

Think with all the reviews of ssds OC3D has under it's belt, we could throw some comparisons charts together.

Can't mock the performance tho.Quote

07-01-2010, 09:38:59

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Great review.

£283 >.<

We're about to be on the crest of drives with controllers capable of bursting over 300mbs as an average, one would hope that they take over the £2/G mantle, whilst the ""slower"" <280mbs existing drives head towards £1.5/G (atleast! ) To that extent, it still doesn't look good.

Think with all the reviews of ssds OC3D has under it's belt, we could throw some comparisons charts together.

Can't mock the performance tho.
Lets hope the prices fall- but the main cost is all the NAND, which is the problem

As for the graphs- The crucial was tested in a notebook, so it can't really be compared with all the other SSD's which were tested on a desktop IIRC.Quote

07-01-2010, 10:42:02

Rastalovich
For me, the costing is merely "what can we get away with". I understand sourcing and practical supply/demand studies, but in practice it rarely seems to be the case.

Gonna copyright that phrase one of these days. wcwgaw ?Quote

07-01-2010, 14:17:24

VonBlade
Huh? Considering it's basically memory chips and a controller, try and get 128GB of RAM for £300 and let me know how you get on.

Really, they're quite cheap.Quote
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