Subject: Storage | March 28, 2018 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: crucial, MX500, ssd, sata, 1TB, 500gb
Crucial's MX500 series of SSDs have been out for a little while now, Al reviewed them back in December and since then the price has only become more attractive. The 500GB model now sells for $130US/$168CDN, which makes it fairly attractive and the 1TB model has an even better price per gigabyte. The Tech Report tested these two drives out and the 1TB model was able to match the performance of much more expensive drives thought the rated endurance less. Check out the full review for a reminder on how these drives perform.
"It's been a while since Crucial's MX300 SSD arrived with 3D NAND. The latest drive in the series has been refined with the latest-generation 64-layer 3D TLC. Join us to see how the MX500 fares against the competition."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Hewlett-Packard SSD EX900 M.2 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Crucial MX300 M.2 525 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB HDD Review @ Techgage
- microSD Card Buying Guide @ TechSpot
- 256 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive @ TechARP
- Silicon Power Armor A62 4TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Toshiba Canvio Advance 2TB External Hard Drive @ Kitguru
- QNAP TS-431P2 4-Bay NAS @ TechPowerUp
- ASUSTOR AS1002T NAS: A Perfect Balance of Value and Features @ Modders-Inc
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 10, 2018 - 07:38 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: tlc, ssd, slc, sata, nand, MX500, DWA, crucial, CES 2018, CES, 3d nand
Crucial showed off the upcoming M.2 variant of its MX500 product, available in capacities up to 1TB. They also announced (press release after the break) that the MX500 will be available from 250GB up to 2TB capacities.
Here is Crucial's product tour video for the MX500:
We previously tested the 1TB MX500, and Crucial passed along a 500GB model that I was able to spot check to ensure there was no performance fall-off at the smaller capacities of this line:
Looks good so far, and nearly identical to the 1TB capacity across our entire test suite. We did also speak with Crucial reps (Jon and Jon) about the TRIM speed issues noted in our previous review. They are looking into replicating our testing and may be pushing out a firmware to help improve this metric moving forward.
We also saw some sweet looking new RGB Ballistix memory, due out shortly. More to follow there! Crucial's MX500 CES announcement appears after the break.
Subject: Storage | January 2, 2018 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, sata, MX500, micron, crucial, 1TB
Just before the holidays Al wrapped up his review of Crucial's 1TB MX500 SATA drive, which is worth revisiting. The most attractive feature of this SSD is its price, currently for $260 you can grab 1TB of fast storage; not quite in line with Ryan's law but getting close. The performance of the TLC SSD does not suffer because of the low price, while it can't match a current generation M.2 NVMe drive it competes with more expensive SATA based SSDs. If you are concerned about endurance, remember that TLC has matured and Crucial rates this drive as 360TB written over five year. Drop by the Guru of 3D to contrast their benchmarks with our own.
"Crucial announced their new MX500 series SSD, we put the 1TB model to the test. At 25 cents per GB, these units are all about value for money. But they do not compromise on performance, no Sir. The MX500 remains very fast and very effective for the money you put down on that counter."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Crucial MX500 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
- Plextor M9Pe 512GB M2 NVMe SSD @ Guru of 3D
- 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD @ TechARP
- Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB SATA III HDD Review @ NikKTech
- How To Choose The Best Drive For Your PC @ TechARP
- CalDigit AV Pro 2 3TB external drive @ Kitguru
- Synology DiskStation DS118 1-bay NAS @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2017 - 12:19 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: podcast, x299, v-sync, titan v, sapphire, rx vega, optimus, nvidia, nitro+, MX500, msi, Intel, evga, crucial, CB-C55, AUKEY, ataribox, AT&T, apple, video
PC Perspective Podcast #480 - 12/21/17
Join us for discussion on NVIDIA TITAN V Compute, Crucial MX500, and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Sebastion Peak, Allyn Malventano
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Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
Crucial and their parent company Micron have certainly launched their share of SSDs over the years. Product launches have effectively toggled back and forth between both names, with Crucial handling the upgrade market while Micron proper handles the OEM side of things. Both sides have one thing in common - solid performing SSDs at a budget-friendly price point. Having the best performing SSD on the market is great, but does nobody any good if the majority of purchasers can't afford it.
We had Micron out to discuss the MX500 before we completed our testing. Here is the full discussion video:
Micron® 3D TLC NAND Flash
SATA 6 Gb/s interface
TCG/Opal 2.0-compliant self-encrypting drive (SED)
Compatible with Microsoft eDrive®
Hardware-based AES-256 encryption engine
Performance (ALL CAPACITIES):
Sequential 128KB READ: Up to 560 MB/s
Sequential 128KB WRITE: Up to 510 MB/s
Random 4KB READ: Up to 95,000 IOPS
Random 4KB WRITE: Up to 90,000 IOPS
Endurance – total bytes written (TBW):
- 1TB: 360TB
- 2TB: 700TB
A few points from these impressive specs:
- Performance specs are common across *all* capacities. Yes, even the smallest model is rated to perform as well as the largest.
- Endurance is very high, especially for TLC NAND. Samsung's 850 EVO 500GB and 1TB models are rated at 150TB. Heck, the 850 PRO 1TB is only rated at 300TBW. Sure that's the same rating carried up from the 512GB model of the same, but it's not Micron's fault that Samsung opted to capacity-bracket their endurance ratings.
No frills here. Quick start guide contains a link to crucial.com/support/ssd to get you started.