It's Crucial not to try two new things at once

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
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.

Check it out here, or read some of our old TLC reviews if you can't stand the QLC.

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"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."

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December 7, 2018 | 06:22 PM - Posted by Kareha

So happy I was able to pick up a 1TB 970 EVO for £175 from Amazon UK during Black Friday. It was cheaper than the 1TB P1 before Crucial dropped the price.

December 8, 2018 | 10:48 AM - Posted by Power (not verified)

56 MB/s ... so retro.

December 8, 2018 | 12:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous1 (not verified)

Mechanical hd clicks not included.

December 9, 2018 | 11:13 AM - Posted by razor512

QLC is not worth the money, it has a tiny fraction of the performance and endurance, but only has a tiny reduction in price. It is like trying to sell a Honda Civic for $10 less than a Rolls-Royce Phantom and expecting people to flock to the Honda Civic because it is "cheaper"

December 10, 2018 | 09:39 AM - Posted by Particle (not verified)

I don't understand the hate that QLC is getting. The main question is if it can replace a hard drive for mass storage applications. Yes, it can.

I also don't get the focus on steady state write performance when people complain about QLC disks. For applications where a disk like this is likely to be employed (solid state mass storage as opposed to a boot drive), it's going to spend 99% of its life idle. Of the 1% where it is busy it's going to see something like 99% reads. These things do fine for that.

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