I posted the test on my blog, but I have not recorded the purchasing. When I traveled to San Francisco, I will visit a computer store, Central Computers at downtown San Francisco. It is near my parents-in-law’s house. Compare with the price in Canada, it is cheaper and less tax.
Crucial MX300 275GB is the smallest SSD in MX300 series. There are also 525GB, 1TB, and 2TB.
The price on 275GB SSD box is US$75.95. Actually, it is on a sale of Back to School. The price after discount is $65.95. Sale tax is 8.75% in California. Total is US$71.72.
Let me check the price at NCIX.com. Regular price is $109.99. It is CAD$99.99 now. Sale tax is 12% in BC. Total is CAD$111.99.
Do a calculation. 1 US Dollar equals to 1.28 Canadian Dollar. So US$71.72 = CAD$91.80. I saved 19% on it.(91.80/111.99 = 81.97%)
Look outside and inside of Crucial MX300 275GB SSD.
The items inside are one 2.5 inch SSD, one 7mm to 9.5mm spacer, Acronis True Image HD certificate.
It is almost two years old of my Crucial BX100 256GB SSD. Now, I upgraded its firmware from MU01 to MU02. Then I did the benchmark test. The result is very clear that new firmware improve the performance.
I traveled to San Francisco last week. Crucial new SSD MX100, 256GB is a good deal, when I went into a computer store in downtown. The special price is $99.95 plus tax is $108.70.
The original price on price tag is $109.95 in US dollar. In Canadian Computer Store, say NCIX, it is 119.99 after $10 saving now, of course adding tax is about $134. It is a big saving, about 20% less in total.
So, I purchased it there and brought it home and installed it in my desktop.
I have a HDD installed, which is also SATA III, or SATA 6Gb/s, harddrive. But the mobo is A55M-P33. It is only support SATA II, or SATA 3Gb/s.
It is a problem, but not a big problem. I can still install the hdd into my desktop. It is just running on SATA II mode.
Crucial MX100 256GB SSD is shipped with a software, Acronis TrueImage 2014. It is a system software, which is used for backup, recovery, migration, etc. So I use it to clone my Windows 7 system from HDD to SSD. I am not describe it in details here. It is quite simple, just make a Acronis 2014 bootable disk and boot the pc with it. Choose Clone Disk function to complete this task.
Now, I can feel the speed benefit from this SSD when I boot the PC. I can feel how fast program opening. I will do some SSD test later and post the results here.