AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy

Our Heavy storage benchmark is proportionately more write-heavy than The Destroyer, but much shorter overall. The total writes in the Heavy test aren't enough to fill the drive, so performance should never drop all the way down to the steady state. This test is far more representative of a power user's day to day usage, and is heavily influenced by the drive's peak performance. The Heavy workload test details can be found here.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Data Rate)

The higher proportion of writes on the Heavy test as compared with The Destroyer sends the BX200 to the bottom of the chart. The difference in performance between running the Heavy test on a freshly-erased drive and a completely full drive is atypically small, showing that the poor performance cannot be due to a mere lack of sufficient overprovisioning.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Latency)

Until the BX200 came along, there wasn't much spread among SATA drive for average service time. The painful write performance shows up very clearly here.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Latency)

With 8.8% and 10.7% of operations taking more than 10ms to complete, the BX200 will clearly be noticeably slower than most modern SSDs under moderate and heavy load.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Power)

Power consumption is once again dismal, as the drive is apparently spending way too much of its time on its relatively ineffective garbage collection.

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  • redzo - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    It's a disaster. I think that Crucial was better of not releasing the damn thing. What were they thinking? The performance gap is huge compared to samsung's evo. This product just shows that samsung rules TLC. All educated buyers will think twice before purchasing it even at 15/20$ lower than this.
  • KAlmquist - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    What makes it a disaster is that Crucial is replacing a successful product (the BX100) with this thing. Keep the BX100 around, give the new drive a designation like AX100, market it as a budget alternative to the BX100, and the drive might be a modest success.

    When the BX100 disappears, that will leave the Samsung 850 EVO as the paradigm of the SATA SSD sweet spot, with good balance of performance, quality, and attractive pricing.
  • paulgj - Monday, November 9, 2015 - link

    They should name it the BX50 :-)
  • tabascosauz - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    The BX200 should be compared to the SP550 from ADATA. Both are budget drives, both SM2256 (which has left a much crappier first impression than the actually promising SM2246EN), both TLC, yet the SP550 does better as a budget drive.
  • KAlmquist - Friday, November 6, 2015 - link

    Yup. I would be excited about the performance of the BX200 if I worked for ADATA.
  • Dritman - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    This is actually embarrassing, to put this product into today's market, at any price. You cannot step backwards THIS far.

    A crap review is like one of the cheap OCZ drives, except they're understandably bad, because they're so cheap and kinda in line with the price.

    With this thing though, it's much worse than anyone could have imagined.
  • bennyg - Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - link

    80mb/s sequential write is not that bad in a SSD. If it were made in 2009.
  • TonyCL6 - Friday, November 6, 2015 - link

    The comparison chart should add Samsung 840EVO (planer 19nm TLC) and ADATA SP550 (planer Hynix 16nm TLC) to be more meaningful. It helps users understand the sustain Seq. write (after pSLC cache ran out) performance differences between planer TLC of Samsung 19nm, Toshiba 19nm, Hynix 16nm and Micron 16nm.
  • Kutark - Sunday, November 15, 2015 - link

    Can someone answer a question for me. It says these are capable of roughly 500MB/s read and write, however SATA3 obviously saturates around 200. Are those figures for m.2 PCIE versions of the drive or? Cus I see them advertised for the 2.5" SATA drives and im a little confused.

    I was about to build a skylake setup as a Christmas gift to myself, however I was looking at some of the NVMe drives etc, to get better perf than SATA3 can offer, however, they're significantly more expensive per GB. So, if I can get something with a sustained 500 read/write like this, (or maybe a "pro" version, i.e. non NVME) I'd rather save the money, as realistically in a gamer situation the difference between 500mb/s and 1000 is gonna be negligible.
  • NJCompguy - Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - link

    Despite the abysmal performance of this drive, it's still light years faster then a 5400RPM mechanical drive. I picked up this drive (240GB version) for $65.00 - it made my friends laptop feel brand new after installing a fresh copy of Windows 10. She could not have been happier with this drive. People to often get caught up in the technical details and lose sight of the "big picture" of upgrading from a slow hard drive to an SSD. This drive is perfect for those that just want a laptop to boot up quicker.

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