Once we saw Intel launch QLC flash installed in their recent 660p M.2 part, I had a feeling that Micron would not be far behind, and that feeling has been confirmed with the launch of the Crucial P1 M.2 SSDs:
Both the 500GB and 1TB models are single sided. The 2TB (not yet released) will likely have packages installed at the rear.
No surprises with the packaging. Does the job just fine.
Specs are also reasonably standard for an NVMe SSD at this point, though we do see a bit more of a falloff at the lower capacities here. This is partially due to the use of QLC flash, even though these specs are likely assuming full use of the available SLC cache. Since QLC allows for higher capacity per die, that translates to fewer dies for a given SSD total capacity, which lowers overall performance even at SLC speeds. This is a common trait/tradeoff for the use of higher capacity dies.
Subject: Storage | December 7, 2018 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: crucial, QLC, P1, 500gb, PCIe SSD, NVMe
The Crucial P1 SSD marks two firsts for the company, their first NVMe drive as well as their first SSD using QLC flash. The drive differs from Samsung's QVO in that it uses Micron's 64-layer 3D QLC flash and an SM2263 controller but still uses QLC flash, much to the dismay of The Tech Report, amongst others. The 500GB drive currently sells for $110, which is attractive but when you look at the performance, it seems perhaps a bit expensive; which is not good.
"Powered by Micron's 3D quad-level-cell NAND, the Crucial P1 might be a herald of QLC-dominated days to come. We put Crucial's first NVMe drive through its paces to see how increasing the number of bits per cell affects performance."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
- Crucial BX500 480GB @ Kitguru
- Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 480 GB @ TechPowerUp
- HyperX Savage EXO Portable SSD Review @ Hardware Asylum