Crucial realSSD C300 64GB review

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

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Even pitched against the ludicrously swift OCZ Vertex 2, with its much-vaunted SandForce SF-1200, Crucial's new drive puts in an admirable performance. When weighed against the price saving, it makes it well worth considering as a performance enhancer for your existing system or laptop.

The C300 realSSD capitalises on the traditional strength of solid state storage with blistering read speeds that far exceed the limits of older SATA 3Gbps ports, justifying at last the rush to get newer 6Gbps controllers into the wild recently.

So long as you have the motherboard to go with it, it's the fastest SSD in this respect bar none.
When reading small files simultaneously, it's benchmarked around 30 per cent higher than its nearest competitor. That means fast boot times and level loads – exactly what you want an SSD for.

The C300 realSSD is slightly weaker when it comes to write speeds. It falls short of the new standard set by the SandForce SF-1200 drives, but it's a long way ahead of older drives that barely scraped double figures in the key AS SSD 4K 64 thread test.

Unlike many technologies, where competing benchmarks cluster together like caravans on a motorway, what the C300 means is that you have a clear choice if you're after an SSD at the moment. If it's out of this world write speeds for a good overall performance boost, then the OCZ Vertex 2 is the drive for you.

But if you want the fastest read times bar none and a very attractive price point to boot, then the Crucial C300 realSSD is a clear winner.

We liked

What's not to like about the C300 realSSD? It boasts read speeds like nothing we've seen before, which finally make use of the raised bandwidth cap of SATA 6Gbps and beats all but the very best drives in write operations too. Even better, it's priced at the bottom end of the SSD spectrum.

We disliked

The only complaint you can lay at the C300's door is that it doesn't match the superlative SF-1200-based drives for write performance.

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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