Crucial 128GB C300 RealSSD SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-23-2010
Provided by: Crucial

The Crucial C300 comes in a foam-lined retail box with just the drive itself and installation guide. The fold-out booklet offers steps and tips for installing in a laptop or notebook computer but barely mentions use in a desktop machine. It would be nice if Crucial included a 2" to 3" adapter for the drive but unfortunately this is not provided, just the instructions and bare drive. The housing complies with standard 2" form factor dimensions, measuring approximately 100mm long by 70mm wide and just under 10mm thick, and has a textured metal surface with sticker graphic on one side and the drive specifications on the other.

When opened, the 128Gb C300 reveals a circuit board insert containing sixteen Micron flash memory chips, a single Micron DRAM cache chip and the Marvell SATA revision 3.0 host controller. Although each Micron chip has an identifying label printed on top, I was unable to match this up with a specific part number for specification comparison. The 16 memory chips are all labeled 0FB12 NW274 while the cache memory is 0ED12 D9LG0. I assume since all the memory chips carry the same identification and given there are 16 of them that the density is 8Gb each for a total of 128Gb capacity. The Marvell controller is an 88SS9174-BJP2 SATA 6Gb/s which replaces the previous 88SS8014-BJP2 SATA 3Gb/s chip used in other solid state drives.

The Crucial 128Gb C300 RealSSD will be installed and tested in combination with the following components:

AMD Phenom II 965 X4 BE
Kingwin XT-1264
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
Diamond Radeon HD5850
64Gb Patriot Torqx SSD - comparison drive
Icy Dock 2" Adapter
1Tb WD Caviar Black
Optiarc 24x DVD+/-RW
SilverStone Decathlon DA750
Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition

I'll be comparing the Crucial 128Gb C300 against my previous OS drive, the Patriot 64Gb Torqx, in a series of benchmarks to follow. In every case the Patriot results are shown on the left side with the Crucial listed on the right. Windows 7 was cloned directly from the Patriot to the Crucial so the file system is identical.

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