Monday, June 25th 2018

BIOSTAR Unveils M500 M.2 2280 PCI-Express NVMe SSD

BIOSTAR unveils its newest solid-state drive featuring 3D TLC NAND flash - the M500 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. The BIOSTAR M500 uses the compact M.2 2280 form factor that is compatible with latest-generation motherboards, laptops, and mini PCs. It supports the ultra-speed PCI-express Gen3x2 interface which offers builders greater compatibility. The BIOSTAR M500 SSD is NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) 1.2 compliant delivering high-performance speeds of up to 1700MB/s sequential read and 1100MB/s sequential write and random read/write IOPS of up to 200K/180K.

Smart Temperature Display
The BIOSTAR M500 Series SSD features visible smart LED indicators on its heatsink cover for temperature and data activity. The LED Smart Temperature display delivers real-time temperature status of the solid-state drive in three different levels: green for temperature below 50°C, yellow for temperature between 50°C to 65°C, and red for temperature above 65°C. The LED Data Transmission display data transmission status: blue light for access status and a green light for PCIe transmission mode (Gen 2 / Gen 3).
Designed for Gamers
The BIOSTAR M500 M.2 PCIe SSD sports a diamond-shape heatsink design that delivers efficient cooling to sustain performance and avoid thermal throttling. The heatsink also gives the M500 an edgy gaming look that's perfect for any gaming motherboard.

Low Power Consumption
The BIOSTAR M500 Series M.2 SSDs features low power consumption with read mode requiring only around 1.7 W for the 256GB model. The low power consumption helps extend the battery life of notebooks and ultrabooks making it the perfect storage upgrade for portable PCs.

Technical Specifications:
  • High-performance 3D TLC NAND Flash
  • Sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,700 /1,100 MB/s
  • Read/write IOPS of up to 200K/180K
  • Capacities up to 1TB
Key Highlights:
  • Standard M.2 2280 Form Factor
  • PCIe 3.0 8Gb/s by 2-lane (PCIe Gen3 x 2)
  • Support NVMe v1.2
  • Include BCH and LDPC ECC, plus Reed-Solomon Raid protection
  • Support AES256
  • End-to-End data protection
  • With DDR3/DDR3L DRAM cache
  • Active power < 2W, L1.2 power < 2mW with 20ms resume time
  • SMART temperature display (SMART Fan option)
Pricing & Availability:
  • BIOSTAR M500-128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD MSRP: $59
  • BIOSTAR M500-256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD MSRP: $99
  • BIOSTAR M500-512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD MSRP: $149
  • BIOSTAR M500-1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD MSRP: $269
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6 Comments on BIOSTAR Unveils M500 M.2 2280 PCI-Express NVMe SSD

(Another) x2 drive for those who might overlook that. I nearly did LOL. :laugh:
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ironwolf(Another) x2 drive for those who might overlook that. I nearly did LOL. :laugh:
Yeah, but... LEDs!! Other than the x2, it's a pretty nice drive, and the price isn't bad.
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ironwolf(Another) x2 drive for those who might overlook that. I nearly did LOL. :laugh:
OTOH< still much faster then a SATA SSD, and the price for the 1TB model is very competitive with SATA SSD pricing.
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Crucial already has an SSD named M500, can they not reuse model names so quickly?
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Damn, I really like this. I love activity LEDs and status info; I love blinkenlights in general. This is something unique for my tastes and build. I don't mind if x2. Minor but since obviously aesthetically appealing to enthusiasts, I wish the PCB was black instead.
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~Technological Technocrat~
LEDs are kinda cool i guess. I only hope the heatsink is up to scratch.
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