Although CES-related news has been piling up since last week, the show doesn't officially begin until today. Right on cue, Crucial has announced a couple of new SSDs.
The first of the two is closely related to the M600 SSD introduced by Micron, Crucial's parent company, back in September. The Crucial version is called the MX200, and apart from having slightly lower capacities, it appears to be identical to its Micron counterpart. Like that drive, the MX200 features an SLC caching scheme dubbed Dynamic Write Acceleration.
The MX200 is rated for sequential speeds up to 555 MB/s with reads and 500 MB/s with writes. Random I/O rates are pegged at 100k read IOps and 87k write IOps, almost exactly matching the specifications of the M600. The Crucial unit has slightly lower endurance ratings—the 250GB model is rated for 80TB of writes, the 500GB for 160TB, and the 1TB for 320TB—but that's still better than for most consumer-grade SSDs.
Crucial says the MX200 will start selling in the first quarter of the year. Pricing is set at $139.99 for 250GB, $249.99 for 500GB, and $469.99 for 1TB. Expect to see the drive in 2.5", M.2, and mSATA form factors.
The BX100 is due in the same timeframe, but it's 2.5"-only—and decidedly different. Instead of tapping Marvell controller technology like pretty much every other Crucial SSD, the BX100 uses a Silicon Motion SM2246EN chip. This four-channel design isn't the fastest solution out there, but the performance specs aren't too shabby. The BX100 is rated for 535/450 MB/s with sequential transfers and 90k/70k IOps with random I/O.
Despite the fact that the controller can scramble bits with a 256-bit AES algorithm, encryption support isn't listed on the official product page. The BX100 also has a lower endurance rating of 72TB for all capacities. It's covered by the same three-year warranty as the MX200, though.
As one might expect, the "B" stands for budget. BX100 pricing is set at $69.99 for 120GB, $109.99 for for 250GB, $199.99 for 500GB, and $399.99 for 1TB.
In related news, Crucial has finally launched an SSD utility that monitors drive health, performs firmware updates, and sets encryption passwords. Dubbed Storage Executive, the software works with not only the new models, but also the older M500, M550, and MX100. The download isn't available just yet, but it's supposed to show up here today.