Crucial's drive comes in a reasonably sized generic package that does the job of protecting the SSD during shipping. The back has some technical detail, the included installation manual is a nice treat to guide less experienced users.
You will receive:
- The SSD
- Installation Guide
The drive conforms to the dimensions set forth by the 2.5" form factor. Unlike many other SSDs, the Crucial RealSSD C300 comes in a rugged metal casing that feels solid and high quality.
At this time the RealSSD C300 is the only SSD that supports the new SATA 6 Gb/s standard. It is also backwards compatible to SATA II and SATA I.
Crucial is using 16 flash chips, the flash controller and a DRAM chip in their design.
A 128 MB Micron D9LGQ DDR chip serves as memory for the SSD controller to cache transactions and often used data.
Marvell's 88SS9174-BJP2 is used as controller - a welcome change from all the SandForce hype out there.
The flash chips are made by Micron and have a capacity of 8 GB each.