Goodbye HDD, Crucial X8 Mobile SSD Experience

Source:   Editor: admin Update Time :2020-09-07

Goodbye HDD, Crucial X8 Mobile SSD Experience


Like many users, I also need to transfer data via different devices in my daily work. For example, copy videos and photos of camera memory card into computer and back them up in the hard drive. Multiple hard drives have been purchased for the purpose of this testing, installing large games on the different computers, importing installation packages, testing videos, engineering loads and so on. However, owing to too large amount of data which can reach hundreds of GB. The use of Hard Disk Drive is severely limited by the performance of reading and writing. And, the time spent in copying data even exceed one hour, which greatly affect the work process.


In order to improve efficiency, I choose the Hard Disk Drive and Mobile Solid State Drive. This article introduces Crucial X8 Mobile SSD. Crucial X8 Mobile SSD provides two version capacities of 1TB and 500GB. Crucial X8 Mobile SSD with a capacity of 500GB is tested in this article. After using it for a period of time, Crucial X8 Mobile SSD has brought significant improvements in accessibility and efficiency.

Simple Appearance

The design of Crucial X8 Mobile SSD looks very simple and its black anodized aluminum shell feels delicate. Curved surface design is adopted on all sides to make it more comfortable to hold. The size of Crucial X8 Mobile SSD is 110mmX11.5mmX53mm and it weighs just only 97g which is far more portable than a Hard Disk Drive. In addition, this product supports 7.5 feet (approximately 2.3 meters) fall resistance and provides three years of limited warranty with a better reliability.

Crucial X8 Mobile SSD is equipped with a Type-C interface and in support of USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C(10Gb/s), USB3.2 Gen1, USB3.1 Gen1 and USB3.0(5Gb/s). Crucial X8 Mobile SSD provides a data line with a Type-C to Type-a conversion header. Therefore, we have the flexibility to choose the required interface according to the usage scenario.

In addition, Crucial X8 Mobile SSD is compatible to several platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPad Pro, Chromebook, Android, Linux, PS4, Xbox One and so on. You can rapidly back up and transfer data via different platforms. You can store large video files and lots of photos recorded by mobile phones into hard drive to free up mobile phone space, which is convenient to transfer data between mobile phone and PC. Compatible to Windows and Mac helps you avoid the embarrassment caused by platform differences when transferring data between you and your colleagues.

Performance Test

Crucial X8 Mobile SSD adopts 3D NAND flash memory and supports 1050MB/s sequential read speed. Now, we begin to making theoretical read and write performance test via software under USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C and USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports respectively. The testing platforms included the latest 10 generation core H-series processors and the new Mac Book Pro.


We do this data transmission test via Type-C ports on PC and Mac platform respectively. According to the result, the sequential read speed of Crucial X8 Mobile SSD on high-performance gaming notebook can reach 856MB/s and the sequential read speed of Crucial X8 Mobile SSD on Mac platform can achieve 900MB/s.


After changing to the USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, the sequential read speed of Crucial X8 Mobile SSD on high-performance gaming notebook can reach about 460MB/s.

Through theoretical read and write performance test, The speed of Crucial X8 Mobile SSD whose sequential reading speed is about 120MB/s is seven times faster than traditional Hard Disk Drive. Compare with Mobile Solid State Drive of traditional SATA port whose sequential reading speed is about 500MB/s, the speed of Crucial X8 Mobile SSD is1.8 times faster than that of Mobile Solid State Drive of traditional SATA port.

Speed Equals Efficiency

Before long, I went on a business trip to execute a project with my colleagues. During the trip, I took a lot of photos and video materials with many devices such as mobile phones, cameras and camcorders. In order to ensure data security, one of the tasks I had to do every day was to summarize, sort out and backup these data. But with three PCs, including a PC and a Mac. The use of mechanical hard drives for backup was slower and sometimes forced to rely on docking stations, and the transmission speed was more limited. At this point, the advantages of accessibility and efficiency of  SSDs are further demonstrated, resulting in significant time savings.

In order to give you a better idea of the differences between mechanical hard drives and Mobile Solid State Drives in daily work, the following will give you the test of read and write performance between Crucial X8 Mobile SSD and mechanical hard drive. The test project includes the following seven items, such as five 1080P movie copies (20GB), 187 JPEG photos copies (1.56GB), 295 RAW photos copies (17.5GB), PUBG game files copies (35.4GB), 50MB 1080P MP4 video files (28.4GB), PSD files (1GB), and PR project files (9.37GB).

For example, copying from a computer to the other can save you about 17 minutes in total reading and writing using the Crucial X8 Mobile SSD compared to a mechanical hard drive. In addition, copying movies and TV shows, RAW photos, and even a PSD file, Crucial X8 Mobile SSD high-speed read and write performance can significantly improve efficiency and save time. If you need to copy files from a coworker, you don’t need to stand by when using Crucial X8 Mobile SSD. In addition, Crucial X8 Mobile SSD can support data transmission from a variety of devices, including mobile phones, PCS, and Macs, in the event of a business trip. At the same time, due to its own characteristics, SSDs are better than mechanical hard disks in terms of  shock-resistant anti-impact performance, thus providing more reliable data protection.


Through the tests, it is obvious that Crucial X8 Mobile SSD is easier to use than mechanical hard drives. Creators such as video shooting, post production and editing, movie and TV drama fans, game players and other daily data transmission, especially for users with large data transmission, backup and other needs, the long-term benefits brought by the purchase of mobile SSD will be considerable.