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Crucial realSSD C300 64GB review

Does adding SATA 6Gbps unleash the power of SSD drives?

Our Verdict

Top performance for bottom dollar. Hard to fault.

For

  • Outstanding read performance
  • Better than decent write speed
  • Value for money
  • SATA 6Gb/s support

Solid state drives are definitely coming of age. Not only are they increasingly the norm for mid-range laptops and pre-built gaming systems, but we've seen huge leaps in performance lately. From Kingston's SSD Now V+ series to the SandForce-powered Agility 2 and Vertex 2 from OCZ, things are looking good for SSDs.

Crucial's latest realSSD C300 drive is available in three sizes, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Inside the drive, the memory chips naturally come from Crucial's parent company Micron, and the controller is by way of Marvell.

There are two things that are really interesting about the realSSD C300, though. First up, it's reasonably priced – a little bit more expensive than Kingston's perhaps, but a lot cheaper than OCZ's offerings.

Secondly, it's one of the first internal drives of any flavour we've seen that make use of the new 6Gbps SATA standard.

SSD read speeds have been getting very close to the limits of the older SATA 3Gbps bandwidth cap. Does changing the interface let them off the leash?

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilyRealSSD
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameCrucial
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity64 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate355 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate70 MBps
Height9.5 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth100.5 mm
ManufacturerCrucial
Product ModelC300
Product NameRealSSD C300 MLC Solid State Drive
Product LineRealSSD
Manufacturer Part NumberCTFDDAC064MAG-1G1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.crucial.com
Marketing Information

Designed with high-speed synchronous MLC NAND, advanced controller technology, optimized NAND management, and the new SATA 6Gb/s interface, these drives dramatically improve data transfers for bandwidth-demanding applications like audio and video. And our expertise in NAND design and development makes us best equipped to optimize NAND components to specifically address the performance needs of solid-state storage. These innovations change the rules of storage and deliver breakthrough speed that transforms your computing experience.

Weight (Approximate)74 g