Crucial's Terabyte-Class M500 Solid State Drive Family Now Available
The M500 line uses Micron's own 20nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and pipe data through a SATA 6Gbps interface.
- 960GB: 500MB/s sequential read, 400MB/s sequential write, 80K IOPS 4K random read, 80K IOPS random write
- 480GB: 500MB/s sequential read, 400MB/s sequential write, 80K IOPS 4K random read, 80K IOPS random write
- 240GB: 500MB/s sequential read, 250MB/s sequential write, 72K IOPS 4K random read, 60K IOPS random write
- 120GB: 500MB/s sequential read, 130MB/s sequential write, 62K IOPS 4K random read, 35K IOPS random write
"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 $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."
The drives are technically available to purchase now, though we're seeing street pricing on the 960GB model slightly above MSRP. That should change as more drives make it into the hands of retailers (or you can purchase directly from Crucial's website). In the meantime, check out this nifty video showing how Crucial SSDs are made: