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When we first laid eyes on this beautiful external drive, we swear it winked back at us, or maybe that was just the light reflecting off it’s shiny exterior. This portable SSD is a thing of beauty. It’s elegant, sleek, and it’s easy to use. Naturally then, this review takes a look at the Crucial X8 Portable SSD. Basically, it’s all in the name – it’s crucial!

If you don’t wanna read about it, you can watch the YouTube review below!


Specifications:

Crucial X8

  • Pricing: $119.99(500gb) $164.99(1tb)
  • Interface / Protocol: USB-C / USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • Included Cables: 9″ USB Type-C to Type-C w/ Type-C to USB-A adapter
  • Sequential Read: 1,050 MBps
  • Sequential Write: ~ 1,000 MBps (Measured)
  • Crucial X8 Unboxed

  • NAND Controller: Silicon Motion SM2263
  • DRAM: DDR4
  • Storage Media: Micron 64L QLC
  • Default File System: exFAT
  • Power: Bus-powered
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 110 x 53 x 11.5 mm
  • Weight: 100 g
  • Endurance: Up to 7.5 ft (2 m) drop tested
  • Warranty: 3-Years

Breaking The Specs Down:

We looked at the 1tb version of the Crucial X8. This SSD is truly fast. Exactly how fast? The box description says it gets up to 1050 megabits per second re-write speed. But, that reminds us of the Fiat Uno. It says on the speedometer it can get 160 kilometers per hour, and maybe it can if you are going downhill, with the windows tightly closed, and the doors duct taped shut. The point is, just because the box says it can do it, doesn’t necessarily mean that is how the product will actually perform. So, we put the device on CrystalDiskMark to stress test it as a benchmark to see how it did. Have a look at the results in the graphs below.

In the real world, sequential writing according to CrystalDiskMark, on average was 434 megabits per second. The average reading speed was 438 megabits per second. So yes, there could be a number of factors that skew those results. However, for everyday use, that is really fast! Not to mention this is running on the NVM Express 1.3.

Crucial X8 Read and Write Speed
Crucial X8 Temperature
Crucial X8 Read and Write Speed Crucial X8 Temperature

What also makes the Crucial X8 really cool, is it’s small both in footprint and form factor. The heat output on CrystalDiscMark during a stress test where it was under load, heavy usage, and strain was only 37° Celsius. It’s highly unlikely that the temperature will get higher than that with everyday use. And, have we mentioned how nice it looks?

Using The SSD:

Crucial X8 CasingWhen we first plugged in, we noticed that it’s in exFAT format, which likes transferring big files. However, exFAT doesn’t like long file names. So, when we copied across a Steam library of 96 gigabytes, that took an hour and a half. Thinking that something must be wrong, we decided to delete that 96 gigabyte folder, which took 45 minutes. We were naturally disappointed. We actually thought the unit might be faulty because it just didn’t work like it should have. Then, we remembered, exFAT; likes large files, doesn’t like long file names. So, we reformatted into the NTFS System and re-copied that same Steam library folder – 96 gigabytes, 9 minutes!

If you are like us and you’ve had the trouble of re-installing your entire Steam library, you know… downloading 96 gigabytes AGAIN – especially if you don’t have fibre internet – not to be melodramatic but… Oh the pain! The crying! The sadness! If you have more than just Dota 2 and CSGO this SSD is a necessity. Yes, we are looking specifically at you, Red Dead Redemption 2… you know what you did!

If you are an Apple user, you know the trouble with getting more storage (again… pain, crying, sadness!) and the likelihood that you’re just not going to get it. But, the Crucial X8 swings all ways; we’re talking Mac OS, PS4, XBox and Windows.

Pros and Cons:

Pros
  • Competitive performance
  • Removable cable and USB-C to USB-A adapter included
  • Low heat output
  • Small form factor, and great design
Cons
  • Slow write speed after write cache fills


Our Verdict:

Crucial X8 1TB Box

It can be very difficult to recommend a device. Especially when there are so many of them on the market and so many similar products. However, when we at Feed The Tech come across something like the Crucial X8 and we think to ourselves; “Heck, why don’t I own this?” You know it’s good and something worth recommending. The price isn’t bad. We’ve benchmarked it and know that it runs very well. That’s why we recommend this Crucial X8. You can pick one up starting at about R2,600. There are a couple of links below so you can look at purchasing one for yourself.

Yes, if you are looking for a compact storage system, one that’s not going to burn a literal and figurative hole in your pocket, or turn you into a body-builder from trying to lift it, don’t look any further than the Crucial X8. This is such a great unit. With 1 terabyte worth of space it will keep all your documents and your Steam library safe.