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Product Description
Designed with high-speed synchronous MLC NAND, advanced controller technology, optimized NAND management, and the new SATA 6Gb/s interface, these drives dramatically improve data transfers for bandwidth-demanding applications like audio and video.

And our expertise in NAND design and development makes us best equipped to optimize NAND components to specifically address the performance needs of solid-state storage. These innovations change the rules of storage and deliver breakthrough speed that transforms your computing experience.

The need for speed
If you're looking for unhindered speed, Crucial's RealSSD C300 is here! The new 2.5-inch Crucial RealSSD C300 drive offers mobile and desktop users scorching-fast read speeds of up to 355MB/s. And because it has no moving parts, you will also enjoy a quieter, cooler, and more durable storage solutions and a better alternative to a traditional notebook hard drive.

Improved data transfers
Designed with high-speed synchronous MLC NAND, advanced controller technology, optimized NAND management, and the new SATA 6Gb/s interface, these drives dramatically improve data transfers for bandwidth-demanding applications like audio and video.

Push your performance
The improvement in boot time and application load times push performance to new levels at the desktop too. You will experience improvement across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.

Memory Experts
The Crucial brand of memory has long been synonymous with reliability and high-performance. Our expertise in NAND process technology enables us to optimize the performance and durability of Crucial solid-state drives.

Guaranteed compatible
Crucial RealSSD C300 series employ a standard hard drive interface and dimensions, so it is an easy storage upgrade for most notebooks. Pushing performance to new levels

* Read speeds up to 355MB/s
* SATA 6Gb/s interface
* High-speed Synchronous NAND
* Limited three-year warranty

Full Specification
Capacity (Unformatted) 64GB
NAND Micron® MLC
Controller Marvell
Firmware Field Upgradeable
RAID Support Yes
Interface SATA
Transfer Rate 6Gb/sec (compatible 3Gb/sec)
Power Supply 5V
Certifications FCC, CE, RoHS, UL
Command Set ATA-8 w/ TRIM
Monitoring Self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART) command set

Performance
Average Access Time < .1 ms
Sequential Read (up to) 355MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s)
265MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)
Sequential Write (up to) 75MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s)
75MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)
Random 4k READ 60,000 IOPS
Random 4k WRITE 15,000 IOPS

Physical
Dimensions (L x W x H) 100.45 x 69.85 x 9.50 mm
Weight 74g

Environmental
Active Power 1.7W READ, 2.4W WRITE
Idle Power 0.092W idle
Operating Temp 0°C to +70°C
Non-Operating Temp -55°C to 95°C
Shock Resistance 1500G / 1.0ms
Vibration Resistance 2-500Hz at 3.1G

Reliability
MTBF 1.2 Million Hours
Data Reliability Built-in EDC/ECC
Warranty Limited 3 Year Warranty
Read Endurance Unlimited
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1 Like #1
#2
Not sure how good a deal this is , to be frank, the write speed on this drive is .. ****. (75MB/s )

Edited By: sigma on Feb 08, 2011 14:00: * swear filter avoidance
#3
V Nice! Definatly worth it if your mobo supports SATA 6Gb/s.

75MB/s is not that bad .. Most of the performance you gain from a SSD is from read, and seek time anyway.

Edited By: djfluff on Feb 08, 2011 12:58
#4
Has the price gone generally up on hard disks? Pretty sure this kind of performing SSD was going for a similar price a couple of months ago - I was expecting 60gb to be around £60 now...and 120s to be going into single figures.
1 Like #5
noxide
Not sure how good a deal this is , to be frank, the write speed on this drive is .. ****. (75MB/s )


A fair point, but exactly how much writing are you expecting to do on a 64gb drive?
I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and don't really make that that many installs as it is used for my OS, favourite games and applications.

Edited By: sigma on Feb 08, 2011 14:00: * amended quote re swear filter
1 Like #6
noxide
Not sure how good a deal this is , to be frank, the write speed on this drive is .. ****. (75MB/s )

A 64gb drive is probably going to be an OS drive, Windows + core apps where reading is 90% of the hdd traffic :)

Very happy with mine:

http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/2271/c300.jpg

Edited By: sigma on Feb 08, 2011 14:00: * amended quote re swear filter
1 Like #7
MBeeching
noxide
Not sure how good a deal this is , to be frank, the write speed on this drive is .. ****. (75MB/s )


A fair point, but exactly how much writing are you expecting to do on a 64gb drive?
I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and don't really make that that many installs as it is used for my OS, favourite games and applications.


Yeah def not as much writing as reading , but when you consider that a 60gb Vertex2e costs £13 more and offers 275Mb/s ..200Mb/s faster write speed, i'm inclined to go for the vertex 2e.
Personally i want to go the SSD route, but i don't exactly have £95 lying around, ut i'd rather wait however long it takes to get that extra £13 and get the MUCH better write performance and a bit more future proofing to boot.

Edited By: sigma on Feb 08, 2011 14:00: * amended quote re swear filter
#8
TBH I havn't really noticed the difference between my Vertex 2E (275/200) and my intel x25-M (250/70)
, both are boot drives. Really happy with both of them, and not really noticed any real system performance improvement with the write speed increase in the 2E.
#9
You get 7% using crucial via topcashback and I think its matched with a 7% off code on there well you do for ram as I bought some the other day so its cheaper than Amazon
#10
I'm using mine as a boot drive and have been for a year bni

Turbo is a understatement.
#11
great drive gd price, hot from me
#12
the c400's must be very close indeed.

Not a great deal faster and no doubt they will be £120 ish for 64gb

MTFDDAC064MAM-1J1 64GB Sampling 2.5 SSD 9.5mm 6.0 Gb/s 5V 0C to +70C SATA 415 MB/s 95 MB/s RealSSD C400 128MB Cache

Edited By: Balb0wa on Feb 08, 2011 15:01
#13
I just bought one of these on Monday from Play.com @ £96 ffs, typical.

My friends running these in Raid-0 and it boots w7 in no time.
#14
Would recommend waiting for the C400's to release, then these may hit £1:1GB.
suspended#15
great price, trying to hang on till either the c400 or new intel drives come out though to hopefully push some drives to the £60 mark.

The write speeds arent to important for a boot drive as its normally simultaneous reads/writes so the response time is key which is what every ssd improves vastly.

To compare it to a sandforce drive (i.e a vertex 2 or something) its a bit hard, the speeds are marketing really and the speed quoted for vertex 2 is in the best possible conditions such as compressible data, sandforce drives can slow down a fair amount with non compressible data, a high max read/write speed is good but IMO id rather have a true speed given and a solid value such as this drive of the intel drives.

(nothing wrong with sandforce drives just that its swings and roundabouts, they all perform very well, cant really go wrong!).
#16
Any point in buying one for an XP machine? (as its an old operating system so my not take advantage of speeds etc)

Edited By: daBluone on Feb 08, 2011 15:50
1 Like #17
Seems with these your PC can finally catch up with the Atari ST and finally have an OS stored in solid state media ;)
#18
mwa
Seems with these your PC can finally catch up with the Atari ST and finally have an OS stored in solid state media ;)


What like, proper non-volatile writable media?
#19
im waiting till 500gb is this price
#20
mwa
Seems with these your PC can finally catch up with the Atari ST and finally have an OS stored in solid state media ;)


Now we just need the bee cursor :)
#21
I bought the vertex 2e for my desktop where i can have a big storage drive.
Waiting for the C400 and hoping the 120gb will be nearer the £120 mark so i can get one for my laptop (60gb is not enough for a single drive)
#22
After chewing through 3 normal hard drives in a year on my laptop, I got a 120Gb version of the C300. It is awesome with read speeds of 250 MB/sec (I'm using sata 2 (3gb)) , any applications open almost instantly compared to a couple of seconds on the old drive.
I can't wait till these SSD's are cheap enough to put in all my computers.

Edited By: sockpuppet on Feb 08, 2011 17:21
#23
I paid £109 for one of these about three months ago(I shopped around too), so the price has come down by about 20% in that short time.

.....

Don't want to come across like an over-enthusiastic fanboy but for those that might be sitting on the fence about getting one, this is the best upgrade I have made to my PC in years.

ourdave
Has the price gone generally up on hard disks? Pretty sure this kind of performing SSD was going for a similar price a couple of months ago - I was expecting 60gb to be around £60 now...and 120s to be going into single figures.
#24
daBluone
Any point in buying one for an XP machine? (as its an old operating system so my not take advantage of speeds etc)
I haven't kept up with the XP situation but I know Intel drives are best for XP. The most important thing is to format the SSD with an aligned partition before installing XP. If a PC supports SATA natively (other option would be a PCI SATA card which would be unsuitable for SSDs) then it should work OK with 7 most of the time.
ourdave
Has the price gone generally up on hard disks? Pretty sure this kind of performing SSD was going for a similar price a couple of months ago - I was expecting 60gb to be around £60 now...and 120s to be going into single figures.
The VAT increase may have something to do with that. Also flash spot prices vary wildly which can influence retail products as well. The next 6 months should bring a multitude of new SSDs so prices should start changing soon

Edited By: semo on Feb 08, 2011 17:41
#25
The review at Anandtech shows that the 64GB version is noticeably slower than the 128GB version whereas for the Vertex 2 drives that is not the case.
I know they are all fast compared to ‘any old iron’ but I’d choose a Vertex 2 over one of these and especially if buying a 64GB version.
#26
The prices of SSDs will only go down when OCZ Vertex 3, Crucial C400 and Intel G3 are released.
#27
This does look hot. Anyone put one in a Dell studio 1747?

Also,
Agharta
The review at Anandtech shows that the 64GB version is noticeably slower than the 128GB version whereas for the Vertex 2 drives that is not the case...
I found the review for the 64GB C300, where it confirms this, regarding parallelism, but could not find the one for the Vertex 2 which does not suffer this problem, just curious.
#28
I have one of these and the speed is blistering :)

Mine is used as a boot drive and from pressing the button to logon screen in w7 has been timed at 9 seconds - and that is with 4 SATA2 HDD's and a SATA DVD Burner

Once in Windows programs open in the blink of an eye

For those saying the write speed is slow - it is, but not really noticable when used as a boot drive. A must SSD choice if you have SATA 6gbs ports
#29
I assume one does not put the pagefile on the SSD?
#30
To anyone simply looking at the sequential read/write speeds as a guide have a look at this article.
SSD-Review

The general finding was 4-8k read/writes make up over 55% of a typical desktop user's access so the big numbers are irrelevant.

Top 5 Most Frequent Drive Accesses by Type and Percentage:
-8K Write (56.35%)
-8K Read (7.60%)
-1K Write (6.10%)
-16 Write (5.79%)
-64K Read (2.49%)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_1zsiw4TaYXc/S-i3FvA76-I/AAAAAAAAAQs/zNu4ZG6Iga8/s1600/22700.png

Edited By: westyuk1 on Feb 08, 2011 21:40
#31
Got this drive in January this year - used as boot disk for Win7 64 bit installation.

Windows boots completely in around 20 seconds. iTunes, which used to takes ages to load now loads in exactly 2 seconds! Most other apps are instantaneous - the real benefit of high read rates.

If you've got the cash get one, you won't regret it for a second - it WILL make you smile when you put your OS on it and boot your pc for the first time.
#32
poinsy
I assume one does not put the pagefile on the SSD?


there are some people that say you shoudn't and some people say you should - you will not gain much speed if you do, and will not lose much if you don't

I have mine spread across 5 drives - again it depends on what website you read as to whether this method is worth it though
#33
CockneySpur
poinsy
I assume one does not put the pagefile on the SSD?


there are some people that say you shoudn't and some people say you should - you will not gain much speed if you do, and will not lose much if you don't

I have mine spread across 5 drives - again it depends on what website you read as to whether this method is worth it though


Cheers. I am so tempted, but I would probably have to pay for a caddy and interposer for my Dell laptop, and last time I looked, they were not cheap.
#34
Ordered from Amazon (as I had vouchers) voted hot. :)
#35
noxide
MBeeching
noxide
Not sure how good a deal this is , to be frank, the write speed on this drive is .. ****. (75MB/s )
A fair point, but exactly how much writing are you expecting to do on a 64gb drive?I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and don't really make that that many installs as it is used for my OS, favourite games and applications.
Yeah def not as much writing as reading , but when you consider that a 60gb Vertex2e costs £13 more and offers 275Mb/s ..200Mb/s faster write speed, i'm inclined to go for the vertex 2e.Personally i want to go the SSD route, but i don't exactly have £95 lying around, ut i'd rather wait however long it takes to get that extra £13 and get the MUCH better write performance and a bit more future proofing to boot.
SSD's are all about the read speeds, as they are almost always used as OS/App drives.
Yet you want to spend more money on a drive with slower read speeds just because it has higher writes?
Really does defy logic.

Who really cares how quickly they can install their apps? You will most likely only do it once anyway. But you'll be opening those apps on a regular basis, and that's where all the time is saved.

This drive is tempting, but my old Samsung is still serving me well (from hitting the power button to fully loaded Win7 Pro 64 in 17 seconds, got to love SSD's).



Edited By: jukkie on Feb 10, 2011 14:24: .
#36
MBeeching
noxide
Not sure how good a deal this is , to be frank, the write speed on this drive is .. ****. (75MB/s )


A fair point, but exactly how much writing are you expecting to do on a 64gb drive?
I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and don't really make that that many installs as it is used for my OS, favourite games and applications.


What about temp files and disk caching in the paging file?
#37
fablanta
MBeeching
noxide
Not sure how good a deal this is , to be frank, the write speed on this drive is .. ****. (75MB/s )


A fair point, but exactly how much writing are you expecting to do on a 64gb drive?
I use a 120gb Vertex 2 and don't really make that that many installs as it is used for my OS, favourite games and applications.


What about temp files and disk caching in the paging file?


I don't have a page file :p
Used to have a 400mb one on the SSD and a system managed one on a Samsung F3.
Ditched them both when I upgraded from 4gb > 8gb of RAM and haven't had any issues.
#38
Of course you want to have you page file on the SSD, it has far higher read/write performance than a mechanical hard drive and the page file is the file most written to and read from by the OS.

The only reason people recommend against it is it shortens the life of your SSD, but so what if it last 3 years or 5 years? In 3 years you will be able to buy a new drive with 5-10x the capacity/performance at the same price you paid for this one.

If you buy an SSD and put the page file on your HDD you're needlessly slowing down your computer.
#39
Ordered it yesterday, has a ship date of 14th Feb, so il get it on 15th Feb, wish they did free next day like ocuk and scan. 5 working day delivery yes, means il get it 8 days later !
#40
Guys quick question please - does the 64GB Crucial C300 drive have faster READ speeds than the OCZ Vertex 2 64GB drive?

If so then this is a no-brainer as to which is the best one to get surely for an OS only drive?

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