Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Crucial Launches the MX500 Solid State Drive

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of the Crucial MX500 SSD. The new drive features second generation Micron 3D NAND technology and is 45 times more energy efficient than a typical hard drive. Available in capacities up to 2TB in the 2.5-inch form factor and up to 1TB in the M.2 form factor, the MX500 has sequential reads/writes up to 560/510 MB/s and random reads/writes up to 95K/90K IOPS.

"This next generation MX500 SSD features a stackable 64-layer, 256-gigabit component. Micron's floating gate NAND is designed with CMOS Under the Array (CUA), which allows us to minimize the footprint of the die. At 59 square millimeters, it's among the world's smallest 256-gigabit die," said Jon Tanguy, Crucial Senior SSD Product Engineer. "Our engineering team has incorporated this leading-edge NAND technology in an SSD that includes all the advanced features Crucial customers have come to expect to keep their data safe."
Crucial also directly addresses two of the scariest issues for first-time SSD buyers: moving files and installation. Upgrading from a traditional hard drive is easy with the MX500 thanks to the data migration and cloning software included with each drive. And the Crucial SSD Install Guide helps new installers with directions for every step of the process.

"We're excited about our next generation of SSD drives and the near-instant performance and lasting reliability that comes with them," said Jonathan Weech, Crucial Senior SSD Product Manager. "Users can rest assured that their data, family videos, travel photos, music, and other important documents are stored safely on the MX500."

The MX500 advanced features include:
  • Dynamic Write Acceleration for faster saves and file transfers.
  • Hardware-based encryption to keep personal files and confidential data secure.
  • Integrated Power Loss Immunity to avoid unintended data loss when the power unexpectedly goes out.
  • Exclusive Data Defense to prevent files from becoming corrupted and unusable.
  • Redundant Array of Independent NAND to protect data at the component level.
Tech Specs:
  • Micron 2nd Generation 64-layer 3D TLC NAND
  • Sequential reads/writes up to 560/510 MB/s
  • Random reads/writes up to 95K/90K IOPS
  • Capacities up to 2TB
  • 2.5-inch and M.2 Type 2280 form factors
  • 5-year limited warranty
Crucial SSDs have been established, proven, and tested for over seven generations of drives. The MX500 is backed by a five-year limited warranty and supported by the Crucial Storage Executive software tool for easy drive maintenance. The 2.5-inch version of the MX500 is available for immediate purchase at Crucial.com or through our global channel partners, while the MX500 M.2 version will be available in Q1'18. For more information about the whole Crucial SSD portfolio, visit crucial.com/ssd.
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9 Comments on Crucial Launches the MX500 Solid State Drive

The Exiled Airman
MX300 fixed major issues that 100s had, so i hope they are continually headed in the right direction as these alongside of certain toshibas are the Great Alternative to Samsung Drives.
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I've always considered Samsung and Crucial SSD's as the best possible options. Sandisk was the 3rd best option (and now also WD since they own Sandisk).
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Corsair Fanboy
RejZoR, post: 3781060, member: 1515"
I've always considered Samsung and Crucial SSD's as the best possible options. Sandisk was the 3rd best option (and now also WD since they own Sandisk).
Agreed. I mostly buy Samsung and Crucial SSDs purely because they make their own NAND ICs for them.
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5 year warranty seems to indicate high confidence in the product. Now just cut price in half and you got yourself a deal :)
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I think my MX100 512GB needs to be replaced.
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Semi-Retired Folder
Ebo, post: 3781177, member: 132041"
I think my MX100 512GB needs to be replaced.
I was thinking the same about my MX200.
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I like Crucial and it's good to see them trying. Like others mentioned, I only trust Samsung, Crucial and WD, in that order. Crucial is pretty good value underneath Samsung. And WD's SSDs aren't winning prizes but still good value just below Crucial. Can't wait to see what comes out in terms of price per GB with QLC NAND starts popping up.
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Hardware Geek
Thanks to buying 2 of the 840evo a month before the data degradation issue was known, my next ssd will be crucial.
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Looks like enterprise grade drive with consumer memory, very promising. If the price will be reasonable, i think it's time to change bunch of WD VelociRaptors for single 2TB drive.
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