Offering read/write speeds well over 10 times those of traditional hard drives, the recently-released Crucial BX200 SSD TLC flash-based solid-state drive is a first for Micron. The BX200, like its predecessor the BX100, firmly targets the budget-conscious, and users who want to upgrade their traditional hard disk to solid state.

Patience is not my best trait, and pleasingly I found that there was some serious performance improvement after fitting the BX200 in my own home system. Far speedier load times and almost instant boot-up are a standout, and the overall improvements in all the everyday applications I use (many image based) are obvious. Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller, 4-channels of Micron NAND flash and custom firmware ensure the BX200 has all the smarts to deliver the performance, with excellent power consumption savings offered by Micron’s ‘Extreme Energy Efficiency and Device sleep’ (DEVSLP) technology.

Although the chronological transfer rates are a tad better than its BX100 predecessor, the newer BX drive of the 200 delivers slower random ‘reads’ - not unexpected with the switch to the far more economical TLC flash.

The BX200 comes with Acronis True Image HD data migration software, which allows the simple movement of all files, operating systems, settings and programs from your current hard drive. Common to all Micron SSDs, the BX200 also incorporates advanced defect and error management technology for further peace of mind.

Although lighter on features than Crucial's more expensive M-class range of SSDs, the BX200 offers impressively extreme improvements in performance for a very modest financial outlay for more consumers, which has to be a good thing. Carrying a 3-year limited warranty, the Crucial BX200 SSD is available in the following capacities:

  • 240GB : RRP $159
  • 480GB (as reviewed): RRP $269
  • and 960GB: RRP $539.

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