Micron launches M500 SSD family with impressive capacity
Micron Technology has officially released the Crucial M500 family of solid-state drives that offers impressive speed and massive storage capacity.
The M500 family has four SSD members – 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB models, which means that if you have the cash you can grab a M500 SSD that combines the capacity of a mechanical hard drive with the speed of a SSD.
“We designed the Crucial M500 to meet the reliability and performance expectations of today’s systems, and are thrilled to offer the first terabyte-class SSD for under USD 600,” said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. “The Crucial M500 is equipped with an impressive new set of features, making it a multifaceted solution for today and tomorrow.”
Based on Micron’s own 20 nm MLC NAND flash memory, the M500 line comes in the standard 2.5-inch form factor and fully supports SATA 3.0. As expected different models offer different performance – here’s how it breaks down: all M500 SSDs offer 500 MB/sec of sequential read speed but differ when it comes to writing – the more spacious 480 GB and 960 GB models reach 400 MB/sec of write speed while the 240 GB and 120 GB models offer 250 MB/sec and 130 MB/sec of write speed respectively.
You can have your M500 SSD now – the 120 GB model costs USD 130, while the 240/480/960 GB models retail for USD 220/400/600 respectively.