Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

Crucial’s inexpensive QLC SSD without SATA DRAM, the BX500, is up to £56 on Amazon UK, up from a suggested retail price of £74. I feel it’s a decent savings on a drive that’s perfect for upgrading an old machine or as media/game storage on a new one where money spent per gigabyte is the main indicator of drive suitability. (If performance is the goal, a faster NVMe SSD might be a better choice.) And by that metric, this drive is almost off the charts, costing just 5.6p per gigabyte.

Despite being a budget drive, the BX500’s QLC NAND offers high peak speeds of up to 540MB/s read and up to 500MB/s write, pushing it to the limits of the SATA interface originally designed for hard drives. . Its DRAM-free design means performance drops in sustained read/write scenarios, but if you’re using it for media storage or gaming, you’ll encounter the technology’s limitations less often than if you’d run the BX500 as Windows/Linux. /macOS installation disk.

Looking at Amazon’s price charts, a 1TB BX500 typically costs around £62, so that’s a drop of around £6 – and that’s a historically low price for this model. Looking online I can’t find any other drives with similar specs (and from a reputable manufacturer, not DestructionDarius2.totallyarealcompany) other than the £51 Integral V Series which offers significantly lower specs and was released in 2016, which makes it relatively ancient. However, this is also worth considering.

What do you think of the BX500 – have you used it and how do you rate it? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you again next week with new PC deals when I find them out! Cheerio.