Thursday, August 30th 2018

Crucial Announces New BX500 Series of Entry Level SSDs

Crucial has become one of the biggest players in the consumer SSD market due to their excellent price/capacity/performance ratios (their SSDs consistently score highly in our own resident wizard's reviews for some reason, after all). Now, the company is looking to lower price/GB even more as it launches the BX500 series to the market - available in capacities of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB using Micron 3D NAND chips.

Yes, it's a SATA III SSD. And yes, the SATA III connector really is a limiting factor in this SSD's performance - but remember that SATA III controllers are much less costly than NVMe implementations. Sequential performance is rated for up to 540MB/s read and 500MB/s write (4K performance is sadly absent). The whole plethora of usual SSD technologies are here as well - multi-step data integrity algorithm, thermal monitoring, SLC write acceleration, active garbage collection, TRIM support, self-monitoring and reporting technology (SMART) and error correction code (ECC)... For the pricing, these are likely of the DRAM-less variety of SSDs, which means SLC caching is of utmost importance for performance. But pricing really is some of the lowest ever - Crucial is quoting $29.99 for the 120 GB model, $49.99 for the 240 GB one and $89.99 for 480 GB worth of BX500 storage. Crucial will start shipping out orders on August 31st.
Sources: Crucial BX500 Manual, Crucial BX500 Landing Page, via Tom's Hardware
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37 Comments on Crucial Announces New BX500 Series of Entry Level SSDs

#2
RejZoR
Crucial has the worst naming scheme. Why can't they name models by letters and numbers, like AX100, AX500 and AX800 for 3 models for the entire price range. And next would be BX100/500/800 and CX100/500/800 and DX100/500/800 and so on. I literally have no clue which model is older or never with their stuff.
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#3
Tsukiyomi91
HOLY MOLY!!! OAo $90 for 480GB is a steal! And it's using 3D NAND too!!
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#4
DeathtoGnomes
RejZoR said:
Crucial has the worst naming scheme. Why can't they name models by letters and numbers, like AX100, AX500 and AX800 for 3 models for the entire price range. And next would be BX100/500/800 and CX100/500/800 and DX100/500/800 and so on. I literally have no clue which model is older or never with their stuff.
wait, you know what youre asking right? someone with intelligence doing the naming.
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#5
cucker tarlson
RejZoR said:
Crucial has the worst naming scheme. Why can't they name models by letters and numbers, like AX100, AX500 and AX800 for 3 models for the entire price range. And next would be BX100/500/800 and CX100/500/800 and DX100/500/800 and so on. I literally have no clue which model is older or never with their stuff.
Oh my God here we go again with the complaining about naming. Just don't look at it.

Tsukiyomi91 said:
HOLY MOLY!!! OAo $90 for 480GB is a steal! And it's using 3D NAND too!!
3d what ? probably qlc with no dram buffer. Price is relevant for the quality.
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#6
DeathtoGnomes
cucker tarlson said:
Oh my God here we go again with the complaining about naming. Just don't look at it.


3d what ? probably qlc with no dram buffer. Price is relevant for the quality.
did you even read it?
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
RejZoR said:
I literally have no clue which model is older or never with their stuff.
Mx500 is 6 months older but is the performance oriented. Bx500 is the budget model. Newer, but more budget oriented.

B prefix has always been budget. Simple.
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#8
cucker tarlson
DeathtoGnomes said:
did you even read it?
what did I miss ?
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#9
Kursah
Tsukiyomi91 said:
HOLY MOLY!!! OAo $90 for 480GB is a steal! And it's using 3D NAND too!!
I just picked up a WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB for $99 on Amazon, I've used them for a while with great success, they're fast and a good price point. I picked up the same drive last summer for my wife's laptop for $140-150-ish. Prices are getting there, slowly. These drives are fast and solid performing in my experience and have a DDR3 cache.

I have a BX200 960GB as my gaming HDD in my main PC, it's fine as long as you don't write files larger than 1GB as that's all it had for DRAM cache...after that writes were 70MB/s. Not a big deal as a gaming drive tho. But even so, compared with the WD, the WD is definitely faster and worth the extra $10 IMHO.

cucker tarlson said:
Oh my God here we go again with the complaining about naming. Just don't look at it.
Really?

rtwjunkie said:
Mx500 is 6 months older but is the performance oriented. Bx500 is the budget model. Newer, but more budget oriented.

B prefix has always been budget. Simple.
Exactly this, and for budget drives they're solid. Thank you for taking the time to post constructively! :)
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
rtwjunkie said:
Mx500 is 6 months older but is the performance oriented. Bx500 is the budget model. Newer, but more budget oriented.

B prefix has always been budget. Simple.
And the 3 number digits are the product generation. It's really not that confusing.
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#11
_UV_
Tsukiyomi91 said:
HOLY MOLY!!! OAo $90 for 480GB is a steal! And it's using 3D NAND too!!
QLC, that's why no 4k speed ratings and just words "3D NAND", and also knowing how many staff and awards they got is main decision making factor for buyers of this product.

[SPOILER="meanwhile"]For 100$ you can buy same capacity overstock or light used intel enterprise SSD with MLC[/SPOILER]
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
The MX500 is roughly the same price.. We'll see what it looks like in a few months.
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#13
natr0n
Dramless isnt really true since the controller contains some ram internally.
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#14
TheLostSwede
From the Crucial datasheet.

Endurance:
120GB drive: 40TB Total Bytes Written (TBW), equal to 21GB per day for 5 years
240GB drive: 80TB Total Bytes Written (TBW), equal to 43GB per day for 5 years
480GB drive: 120TB Total Bytes Written (TBW), equal to 65GB per day for 5 years

This does indeed suggest it's QLC.
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#15
xkm1948
Now give us a 1TB for $170
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#16
mihailc
I looked up local offers, one shop already has bx500 480gb for 97€, thing is, I just recently got mx500 500gb for the same 97€, soo is it really worth?
P.S. Did a fresh search of mx500 500gb, there's some for mere 90€ atm!
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#17
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
mihailc said:
I looked up local offers, one shop already has bx500 480gb for 97€, thing is, I just recently got mx500 500gb for the same 97€, soo is it really worth?
P.S. Did a fresh search of mx500 500gb, there's some for mere 90€ atm!
If they are close to the same price get the MX500 all day long.
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#19
Minus Infinity
Really, 120GB SSD's in late 2018. Total idiocy. Even 240GB is a joke. Why not 480GB, 960GB and 1920GB. Given they are budget line we want capacity.
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#20
DeathtoGnomes
rtwjunkie said:
If they are close to the same price get the MX500 all day long.
yea $20 bucks is close enough for the working stiffs. IF , you are just buying 1 and not a raid set.
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#21
newtekie1
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Minus Infinity said:
Really, 120GB SSD's in late 2018. Total idiocy. Even 240GB is a joke. Why not 480GB, 960GB and 1920GB. Given they are budget line we want capacity.
I wouldn't waste money on a 120GB drive today, not when 240GB drives can be had for $45. Realistically, 240GB is big enough for a system drive for most people still.

But, yeah, these are budget drives, and I'd rather have capacity over anything else. If the WD Blue 2TB is $340, we should be seeing these DRAMless budget SSDs hitting under $300 for 2TB.
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#22
StrayKAT
Seems like Crucial/Micron release all manner of SSDs.... except anything based on 3DXPoint.
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#23
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
StrayKAT said:
Seems like Crucial/Micron release all manner of SSDs.... except anything based on 3DXPoint.
That’s all upper end stuff, and done in conjunction with Intel. I’m not even sure that is ready for prime time yet.

This is consumer level 3D Nand stuff, developed in house by Micron. It’s actually pretty darn good. And affordable. That’s why the MX500 is also reasonable cost.
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#24
StrayKAT
rtwjunkie said:
That’s all upper end stuff, and done in conjunction with Intel. I’m not even sure that is ready for prime time yet.

This is consumer level 3D Nand stuff, developed in house by Micron. It’s actually pretty darn good. And affordable. That’s why the MX500 is also reasonable cost.
I know.. it's just weird that only Intel releases consumer products based on it afaik. I was hoping Micron would and maybe get the price down a bit.
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#25
Prima.Vera
newtekie1 said:
I wouldn't waste money on a 120GB drive today, not when 240GB drives can be had for $45. Realistically, 240GB is big enough for a system drive for most people still.
I never really understood why you need more than 100GB for a System drive anyways.
I have a Samsung 830 EVO 60GB drive used for the System drive and it's only half full. And yes, I have Win 10 Pro x64, Office 2016, iTunes, and a lot of other software installed. In all honestly, even 120GB for a System drive it's a waste.
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