Crucial Cranks Out MX200 And BX100 Solid State Drive Lines

We tend to get pretty excited about new solid state drive (SSD) announcements. Why? Well, the more SSDs that flood the market, the better the chances that prices will continue to push downwards. See where we're coming from? With that in mind, Crucial took advantage of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to out its new MX200 and BX100 SSD lines.

Starting with the former, the MX200 is built for performance on a SATA 6Gbps interface, and as such, these drives boast sequential reads and writes of up to 555MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, as well as random reads of up to 100,000 IOPS and random writes of up to 87,000 IOPS -- not too shabby!

Crucial MX200 SSD

Just as important is endurance, and according to Crucial, its MX200 drives can last for up to 320 TBW (total bytes written) on the 1TB model, offering up to five times more endurance than a typical SSD. Other capacities include 500GB and 250GB, all three of which are the only consumer drives on the market to feature Dynamic Write Acceleration, a new technology that Crucial claims enables faster saves and file transfers.

AES 256-bit encryption is also part of the package, along with something Crucial calls Data Defense to guard against corrupt files, adaptive thermal protection to keep systems cool, and power loss protection to negate the need to blurt out expletives when the power goes out -- your data should still be intact.

Crucial BX100

As for the BX100 line, these drives come in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities and offer sequential read and write performance of up to 535MB/s and 450MB/s, respectively. They're also the first drives to include the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller.

"We are excited to be partnering with Crucial on the new BX100 SSD. Our high-performance and low power consumption SM2246EN controller combined with leading-edge Micron NAND helps make the BX100 fast, energy efficient, and affordable."

Of course, what you really want to know is how much these suckers cost and when they'll be available. Good news -- Crucial (which is a division of Micron, by the way, based in Boise, Idaho), didn't play it coy with pricing or availability. Both lines will be available in the first quarter of this year, with MX200 drives priced at $140 for 250GB, $250 for 500GB, and $470 for 1TB, and the the BX100 line priced at $70 for 120GB, $110 for 250GB, $200 for 500GB, and $400 for 1TB.