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Crucial announces MX500 SSD with 64-layer TLC flash

By Kenny Yeo - on 27 Dec 2017, 3:57pm

Crucial announces MX500 SSD with 64-layer TLC flash

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Crucial has just announced the successor to the MX300 and it is called the MX500.

This is Crucial's mainstream SSD targeted at budget-conscious consumers.

It is also the first consumer SSD to utilize Micron's new 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. The brain of the drive is a Silicon Motion SM2258 and it uses a SATA 6Gbps interface.

Crucial is claiming sequential read and write speeds of up to 560MB/s and 510MB/s respectively; as well as random read and write speeds of up to 95K IOPS and 90K IOPS respectively.

More impressive, however, is the MX500's rated endurance. Available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, the MX500's rated endurance are 100TB, 180TBW, 360TBW, and 700TBW respectively.

These numbers are relatively high for a TLC NAND and a great deal more than the very popular Samsung SSD 850 Evo.

The Crucial MX500 will be available locally from mid-January 2018 onwards. Pricing is as follows:

Crucial MX500 pricing
Capacity Price Cost per GB
250GB S$135 S$0.54
500GB S$235 S$0.47
1TB S$425 S$0.425
2TB S$825 S$0.4125
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