Reviews and Problems with Crucial RealSSD C300 (64GB, 128GB, 256GB)
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Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD Review (11)
23 January 2013
Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: The Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SSD has the fastest reading speeds from a single drive we have ever tested here on MyCE.com 4K random IOP performance is phenomenal and small file threaded performance is excellent. With TRIM support in Windows 7 with SATA 3Gbps, the Crucial RealSSD C300 should remain at near peak performance during the expected life cycle of the drive.
Pros: Silky smooth operation as a system drive and completely stable., Outstanding reading performance., Outstanding 4K random I/O performance, SATA 6Gbps support, Excellent multitasking potential., TRIM support under Windows 7 (SATA 3Gbps), Lightning fast access times., Completely silent operation., Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., Fast application loading., 3 years warranty.
Cons: Apparently no TRIM support in SATA 6Gbps mode.
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Summary: Crucial's RealSSD C300 shows impressive real-life performance in both SATA-II and SATA 6 Gb/s mode. When running on a SATA-II controller it is able to surpass most of the Sandforce based drives, in 6 Gb/s mode it even manages to be the fastest SSD we tested so far. Even though we see a fairly low write speed in our synthetic tests, the real life performance is not hurt significantly by that.
Pros: Great price/performance ratio, SATA 6 Gb/s support, Excellent real-life performance, Supports TRIM, Rugged metal case
Cons: Can not max out SATA 6 Gb/s interface, Relatively low [synthetic] write speeds
Summary: We were certainly excited when Crucial announced the 64GB version of its C300. We believe an SSD is the best upgrade you can spend on a modern PC; you’ll certainly notice the improvement in performance more than most CPU or memory upgrades. Of the low cost 64GB drives the RealSSD C300 is certainly one of the best we have tested. If you are constantly performing sequential writes (e.g. if you are a video editor) then there are better choices out there.
Pros: - Superlative read speed, - Native 6Gb/s interface, - Well-optimised TRIM, - Extremely good value
Summary: The occasionally lackluster write performance numbers might lead you to believe that this drive is underperforming, and in the strictest sense, that is true. In practice, however, a SSD used as a boot drive is being read from far more often than it’s being written to. Fast reads mean the system boots in 20 seconds instead of four minutes. Fast reads mean your graphics-card-whalloping game of choice is ready to go in a minute or less.
Summary: HD Tune Pro is a relatively new benchmark for us here at BCCHardware but we're getting to like it and enjoy the Randome Read and Write performance testing that this software can display. This benchmark now allows random read and write tests to be performed, and the results are displayed on a very handy chart. HDTune tests 512 byte, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB and Random sizes of data over the disk.
Pros: Very fast read performance, First SATA 6Gbps drive on the market, Exceeds rated read performance, Supports TRIM, SMART and SE, Fast read and write speeds on 4K random tests
Cons: 3 year warranty seems a bit low, Slower write speeds that Crucial's earlier M225 SSD
Crucial 128GB C300 RealSSD SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
OverClock Intelligence Agency
23 June 2010
Summary: Judging by the performance numbers SSD manufacturers have been getting from some of their latest drives, the SATA 6Gb/s standard could not have come soon enough. With most drives topping out at an interface-limited ~270MB/s, the Crucial C300 RealSSD with its Marvell 6Gb/s controller blows away the competition with up to a claimed 355MB/s read speed and 140MB/s write.
Summary: This one's going to be easy because the results really do speak for themselves. Simply put, the RealSSD C300 turned in one of the finest all-around performances we've witnessed from a solid-state drive. We're used to seeing SSDs post impressive scores in some tests but deliver sub-par or even horrendous results in others. After going over page after page of benchmark data, though, I'm hard pressed to find a definitive weakness in the C300.