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Crucial BX500 with QLC nand and dram-less controller

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Super Tigers, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Super Tigers

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 1,832

    Location: Hull, UK

    I managed to pick up one of the new Crucial BX500 QLC nand SSD today, very much a value product and not an enthuiast product. Crucial launched these very recently and have not really made a song and dance about them, there was talk of poor production yields on the initial runs for the nand chips. I picked up the 240gig 2.5in SATA version for sub £40, this is to replace a mech HDD in my laptop. The drive isn't used as the boot drive as I have a Western Digital M2 ssd in the NVME slot.
    The drive will hold a couple of games approx 50gig each, VMware Ubuntu image and my Onedrive folder.
    I ran a simple benchmark after I installed approx 130gigs of data on the drive and trimmed it.

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    Definately cheap and cheerful, but QLC nand should mean that the percentage of new laptops shipping with older mechanical HDD drives should fall significantly.
     
  2. Super Tigers

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 1,832

    Location: Hull, UK

    The bench mark I used was a little low, so I tried Crystal mark and it seems to give a better result.

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  3. Reznor

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 8, 2003

    Posts: 250

    Location: Norway

    I've been tempted to pickup one of these drives since I heard about them. Think it will be perfect for my steam games I play less often! Let us know further down the line how the drive behaves once its filled up a bit more :D
     
  4. Vimes

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 15, 2005

    Posts: 4,094

    Location: Manchester



    The BX500 range, maybe their budget ones, only seen to have a three years warranty.

    I just bought a MX500 Crucial drive, albeit a 1TB capacity, and they come with a five years guarantee .

    But the BX is quite a bit cheaper.

    As a comparison the MX500....

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    Nice that SSD drives are becoming more affordable.

    Seems a good drive and amazing for the cost. The BX500 drives seem to top out at 480GB.
     
  5. BlackAle

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 4, 2006

    Posts: 780

    Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire

    The BX500 uses TLC.