Crucial BX200 960GB SSD Review

Crucial BX200 960GB SSD Review


It’s not often we get a product that can be summarised so concisely as the Crucial BX200 960GB SSD.

More often than not we’re balancing price, performance and comparable products. Equally a lot of things, especially motherboards but other techs can have it too, you’re trading one thing for another. Motherboard X might be cheap, but it only has the standard chipset amount of storage options and USB ports, whilst another might be pricey but it supports LN2 overclocking. Etcetera.

The Crucial BX200 is a gigantic Solid State Drive which renders all the problems we’ve endured so far somewhat moot. It wasn’t that long ago that SSDs first appeared and there was much debate between those who appreciated the insane speed boost that installing one could make to even the most modestly equipped system, transformative even, and those who felt that the size constraints were too much to bear. After all, unless you were seriously wealthy the limits were around the 60GB mark which is good enough for an operating system, a few utilities and a decent sized game.

With most AAA titles such as GTA:V or Fallout 4 sitting deeply into the 40GB size the need for space, and fast load times, are even more at a premium than they have ever been, and that’s where the BX200 stands out. It might not be the first SSD that tips the scales at around the 1TB mark, and some other Crucial drives are similarly affordable, but the combination of price and capacity are irresistible.

If there is a slight cause for pause it’s that the BX200 isn’t quite up amongst the very fastest SATA-based Solid State Drives we’ve ever tested. Let there be no doubt, it’s not slow by any means. It’s consistently in the 500+MB/s mark and isn’t just about fast sequential speeds but doesn’t hang about with the smaller block sizes. We think that even if you’ve been clinging on to your big HDDs of old this combination of price and performance is something that you can’t ignore.

The choice between having a fast OS SSD or a big capacity HDD is you no longer have to make, as the Crucial BX200 960GB is all things to all people and priced within the reach of the majority rather than just the enthusiasts. Only six months ago the MX200 1TB was £370, so to find the BX200 at a mere £220 is why it’s awarded our OC3D Gold Award.

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