2. Package, installation
The Crucial MX200 retail package of the 500GB version of the drive we will test today is shown below.
The drive is packaged in a standard 2.5-inch 7mm z-height enclosure. As you see below, its exterior design hasn't changed much compared to the MX100. As such, a label sticker is featured on the front of the SSD, which features the Crucial logo and form-factor branding. The metal casing has a finger-print-free finish and the back panel of the SSD displays information about the model.
The MX200 review model use the slim 7mm (2.5") profile and with its included 7mm-to-9.5mm adapter bracket, the drive fits inside the 7mm Ultrabook space as well as most other host devices. Bundled with the drive is also the Acronis True Image cloning software.
The Crucial drive is also rounded out with standard SATA power and data connectors on the front.
The Crucial MX200 500GB model uses a Marvell 88SS9189 controller, which is the same controller used in the MX100, as well as 16nm 128Gb NAND part die.
The drive came with firmware Ver. MU01 installed. The readout on CrystalDiskInfo shows that NCQ, S.M.A.R.T, TRIM and DevSleep are all enabled:
Below you see some screenshots of Crucial's new toolbox for SSDs, called the Crucial Storage Executive. The 1.0 version is a toolbox with support for firmware updates, drive monitoring, secure erase and PSID revert. Supported drives are currently the M500, M550, MX100, MX200 and BX100 and the software is already available for download from Crucial's website.