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Micron unveils Crucial MX100 SSD with 16nm NAND

Claims it's 89 percent more efficient that a standard hard drive
Tue Jun 03 2014, 14:04
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MICRON HAS RELEASED full details about its latest SSD drive, the Crucial MX100.

The INQUIRER reported last week that word of the new Crucial SSD drive aimed at gamers and high-end prosumers was leaked by a Dutch website ahead of Micron's announcement.

The Crucial MX100 is the first drive to use 16nm NAND flash, which Micron claims makes it 89 percent more energy efficient than a standard hard drive.

Among the features included are power loss protection against data loss, thermal protection to avoid overheating, write acceleration, and data encryption that Micron claims does not affect the performance of the drive.

The drive is available in capacities from 128GB to 512GB, priced between £56.99 and £159.99, which equates to around 50 pence per gigabyte, with sequential read/write speeds of 550/500 MBps, equal to 90,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). It's pretty slick too, as we found in our initial hands-on experience in the office.

Buyers will also get a 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, and a copy of Acronis True Image HD so they can clone ther existing storage drive. The Crucial MX100 will replace the M500 in Crucial's range, with the M550 remaining its flagship product.

Micron also announced its first DDR4 memory modules for gamers today. The Crucial Ballistix Elite DRAM modules are capable of speeds of between 2,666 million transfers per second (MT/s) and 3,000 MT/s.

Micron said it believes that this figure will increase even higher as the technology matures. The Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 RAM comes in 4GB and 8GB modules with kits of up to 32GB available.

However, as with the transition from DDR2 to DDR3, there is no backwards compatibility, so gamers will need to upgrade their motherboards to handle this new, faster breed of RAM. µ


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