Crucial BX500 480 GB Review 30

Crucial BX500 480 GB Review

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Packaging and Contents

Package Front
Package Back

The Drive

SSD Front
SSD Back

The drive conforms to the dimensions set forth by the 2.5" form factor. It is made out of plastic and is only 7 mm thick, which makes it compatible with Intel's Ultrabook specification.

SSD Interface Connector

The Crucial BX500 uses the SATA 6 Gbps interface. It is compatible with any older SATA standard, but will, in such a case, work at reduced performance.

SSD Teardown PCB Front
SSD Teardown PCB Back

You will find the SSD controller and four flash chips on the PCB. As mentioned before, a DRAM chip is not included; more details on that later.

SSD Controller

The Silicon Motion SM2258 is a four-channel flash controller; the used XT variant denotes support for DRAM-less SSD designs.

SSD Flash Chips

The four 3D TLC flash chips are made by Micron, Crucial's parent company. The NW913 markings decode to MT29F1T08EMHAFJ4. Each chip has a capacity of 1 Tbit (128 GB).
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