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Crucial M500 SSDs made official, available today

Crucial M500 SSDs made official, available today

Crucial's new M500 SSDs are available in 120GB to 960GB sizes.

Crucial has officially released its latest M500 SSDs that feature Micron's latest 20nm NAND and a new Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2 controller.

Available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB the new drives are all readily available in stores with UK MSRPs of £103.99, £173.99, £315.99, and £476.99, respectively. This makes them not the the cheapest drives available but certainly more than competitive.

The 2.5inch form factor of the drives is 7mm tall so should potentially be compatible with more laptops than taller 9.5mm models. Crucial includes a 9.5mm adapter, though, so if you need the large size, these drives will still have you covered. For those with even smaller devices requiring a storage upgrade, the drives will also be available in mSATA and M2 form factors.

All drives feature a three-year warranty and include 256-bit AES encryption and custom firmware that meets TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 standards. Hold Up capacitors also ensure the drive won't lose data in the case of a power outage.

The full Crucial M500 SSD specs are shown below:

Controller Marvell 88SS9187
NAND Micron 20nm MLC NAND
Form Factor 2.5inch, mSATA, M.2
Raw NAND Capacity 128GiB, 256GiB, 512GiB, 1024GiB (2.5inch only)
User Capacity 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Sequential Read 500MB/s, 500MB/s, 500MB/s, 500MB/s
Sequential Write 130MB/s 250MB/s 400MB/s, 400MB/s
4K Random Read 62K IOPS, 72K IOPS, 80K IOPS, 80K IOPS
4K Random Write 35K IOPS, 60K IOPS, 80K IOPS, 80K IOPS
Warranty 3 years

We'll of course be getting the drives in as soon as possible for a full review, but in the mean time let us know your thoughts.

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meandmymouth 9th April 2013, 15:15 Quote
A bit on the slow side compared to the 840's but some nice features included.
Harlequin 9th April 2013, 15:42 Quote
looks like they binned the V4 as well (its gone from crucial shop)
Blackshark 9th April 2013, 19:09 Quote
1TB of Crucial SSD goodness for less than 500 GBP!! I can remember buying a 256 C300 for that price, a 512 M4 for that price. OK OK, maybe not the full TB but still that is pretty good going. So have we reached the point where development, both speed and capacity growth will slow?
roundyz 9th April 2013, 22:37 Quote
£315.99 for the 960GB would be a winner.
theshadow2001 9th April 2013, 23:11 Quote
When it comes to capacity and value on SSD crucial have it down
Gradius 9th April 2013, 23:19 Quote
Still capped @ 500MB/s? Too slow if you are already used to it (not me, I'm used to 2GB/s).
Mankz 10th April 2013, 09:59 Quote
a 960Gb drive is $600 in the US.. that would make it very attractive if the price had been ported over properly :/
andrew8200m 10th April 2013, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz
a 960Gb drive is $600 in the US.. that would make it very attractive if the price had been ported over properly :/

It has... You forgot to add state tax orin the UK ... VAT.

That makes it £473ish.. which most are at £499.99inc or there abouts.
Harlequin 10th April 2013, 12:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
It has... You forgot to add state tax orin the UK ... VAT.

That makes it £473ish.. which most are at £499.99inc or there abouts.

nah only scan are £500 - most are less


edit:

I stand corrected , looks like ocuk et all are price gouging as yesterday they were £460 or so and are now £500
Blackshark 10th April 2013, 12:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gradius
Still capped @ 500MB/s? Too slow if you are already used to it (not me, I'm used to 2GB/s).

I am at work, but I havent found a way to squeeze a PCI express SSD in to my laptop - which is all I have at home :-( Also I am not sure what game I could run that would find much of a difference between two raided M4s in my sony laptop and a 2Gb / s PCI Express SSD. There are few games if any that run at queue depths high enough to utilise your card. Or are you using a larger array on SATA ports?
LightningPete 10th April 2013, 14:26 Quote
The write speed on the 120GB flavour looks a tad slow, other current and previous gen SSDs at 120gb shown on Scans website include uppers of 300~400mb/s write speeds or is that just the speed they state on all of them?
Kodongo 11th April 2013, 15:47 Quote
^ It's because the Crucial M500s are using NAND which is twice the density of all the other drives therefore we have the performance of a 60/64 GB drive but with twice the capacity. This is also why Crucial refrained from releasing a 60GB version as it would be truly pedestrian compared to other SSDs.
r3loaded 12th April 2013, 10:32 Quote
Meh, the Samsung 840 is cheaper and the 840 Pro only costs a small premium. The M500 would be awesome if Samsung didn't exist.

It's also worth noting the 840 series have a cashback offer until the end of May:
jrs77 12th April 2013, 12:04 Quote
Anand allready benched all the capacities of this drive and can only recommend the 960GB version really, as the Samsung 840 Pro and other drives are more competitive in price/performance for the smaller capacities.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6884/crucial-micron-m500-review-960gb-480gb-240gb-120gb
Harlequin 12th April 2013, 14:36 Quote
3 warranty is poor to be honest as well
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