Why buy a Crucial SSD drive?
We will try not go too geeky on you, but we have to talk tech because an SSD is all about the technology. We like to recommend Crucial SSD drives, and let us outline why...
First lets introduce Micron and Crucial
Crucial is the retail arm of Micron.
Micron is the 2nd largest memory manufacturer in the world (1st is Samsung and 3rd is Hynix). They are an American Fortune 100 company, basically one of the top 100 listed companies on Wall Street. They are all about research, development and manufacturing. They don't do much PR, hence most consumers have never heard of them.
An SSD drive is made from Flash memory (NAND). There are four main NAND manufacturers in the world. Samsung, Hynix, Flash Forward (Toshiba and SanDisk), and Micron (with Intel). Buying a Crucial SSD guarantees you are buying directly from the source not a third party assembler.
Not all chips are equal
Crucial makes their SSD from MLC flash technology. MLC is 2 bits per cell. Samsung makes their SSD from TLC. TLC is 3 bits per cell. Comparing TCL to MLC the main differences are the TLC are smaller chips, the use less power, they are slower, have higher error rate, lower cell endurance but are cheaper to make. It makes sense that Samsung drives are cheaper than Crucial, because of the way they are made.
But why are they faster if the chips they use are slower?
It is not the fastest, but it is one of the most reliable
On paper, there are SSDs that run faster than the Crucial M500. However, these are not true speed tests, there is some trickery that goes into making some SSD drives faster. The Crucial drive is rated at raw speed. The Samsung EVO, for example, claims a faster speed, however it is achieved via data compression. Sure it makes the drive faster...slightly... but the features of the Crucial drive makes it more reliable and a better performer in the long run.
Crucial SSD features are:
One of the Crucial features is a system to restrict write operations when the drive gets too hot. This protects the drive from damaging itself in extreme situations.
TCG Opal 2.0 and eDrive security are built into the Crucial SSD hardware. Within Microsoft Windows 8, there is a feature called BitLocker that uses this technology. It is File encryption. Every file that is saved onto the disk is encrypted with a code unique to the drive. This is handled transparently with no performance hit. It is a security feature no other SSD has built in.
Power Loss Protection System
Crucial SSD aim has always been to make sure information is protected should the power go out suddenly. They have employed a unique system of capacitors to keep the data flowing when power to the SSD is interrupted.
Hardware redundancy with RAIN
RAIN stands for Redundant Array of Independent NAND. It is a type of chip redundancy. It reserves some of the NAND aside for parity. If one part of a chip fails, the controller recovers and rebuilds the data stored in that location.
Built in TRIM
TRIM is basically defrag for SSDs (you should never use defrag software on an SSD). It is feature of operating systems. If you are a Mac user, then you benefit from this Crucial SSD feature. The TRIM feature is a bonus for OSX users, it keeps the drive optimised independent from OSX. There was no TRIM features in OSX versions below Mountain Lion (even in Mountain it was basically a hack).
The summary is: the Crucial SSD is built for long term performance. If you are only interested in what is the fastest, then compare stats for Intel, Samsung, OWC or Sandisk. Currently I think Samsung comes out on top in speed value.
IF you want the best use of technology and a drive built to out perform the rest in the long term, look at our Crucial SSD range.
If you want to buy direct, this link goes to the Crucial website. Consider Upgradeable for your SSD purchase, we are an Australian company, we charge in Australian dollars, we have a local office for returns, you are protected by Australian Consumer Laws, we have a local phone number, and we operate in the same time zone for technical support.
For more research:
SSD Deathmatch - Crucial M500 vs Samsung 840 EVO
What are SLC, MLC, TLC?
How to use a SSD in a Macbook Pro
Ultimate iMac SSD guide
Can I use SSD in a Mac Mini?
Mac Pro SSD installation options