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Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB Sata 3 SSD

Solid state of things to come?

Although the Crucial C300 performed superbly on the Intel Sata 2.0 controller I can only describe the Sata 3.0 results as mixed. In an effort to firm up some conclusions, I tried tests using a Gigabyte P55A-UD7 motherboard with an integrated Marvell SE9128 Sata 3.0 controller which produced similar results.

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Drivers or SSD firmware? Sata 3 speeds were far from those expected during tests

Alas, I have yet to run the Crucial C300 on a motherboard with a native Sata 3.0 controller, such as that found in the new AMD 890GX chipset. I also have to wonder about the fact that the C300 is running on firmware 0001, which suggests there is more performance to come.

Verdict

Using the Crucial C300 on a Sata 2.0 connection produced a warm glowing feeling but things went to pieces when using Sata 3.0. Most of the benchmark figures dipped alarmingly, however, Iometer gave great results. While there are performance gains with existing equipment, if you're looking for Sata 3.0 throughput you may well be underwhelmed. At this stage, it seems your mileage may vary. ®

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Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB Sata 3 SSD

SSD with Sata 3 capability for the early adopter
Price: £547 RRP