updating: The answer and question area for the BX500 drives on Amazon provides us with answers for a couple of key questions - these drives are indeed chip-based NAND XNUMXD in the familiar TLC configuration, rather than the QLC configuration that is supposed to network it and become even more crowded and economical one day, and they also do not include memory Built-in dynamic cache, i.e. based only on a certain volume that behaves in the SLC configuration to get accelerated performance.
How is all this reflected in reliability and especially in the performance of the series? We hope to find out in the coming days.
Original article: Micron's budget BX500 series has been officially unveiled - and will start selling in the coming days at a price that is already lower than the recommended value
After the great success of the MX500 series, which is considered by many to be one of the highest quality and affordable for the simple home user, it is natural to see that Micron has a taste for more and aspiration to continue the momentum - with new drives that are even cheaper, and potentially almost unprecedented.
The BX500 series will inherit the BX300 drives, which were sympathetically received and considered worthy until the launch of the MX500 - and although we do not yet have full technical details it is known that the new models will be offered in modest volumes between 120GB and 480GB only, SATA III interface and 2.5-inch configuration only , With an MTBF (average time between faults in the proper storage of information in the product) of 1.5 million hours, maximum speeds of up to 540 MB per second in reading and up to 500 MB per second in writing and with 3D chips NAND of course. The big question is whether these are well-known TLC chips - or Micron's first home application for the chipsetsQLC Which are even more crowded.
The BX500 drives include a certain volume of the total storage to be registered as SLC (with storage Single bit of information in each cell) and accelerate their relative random performance, probably not memory DRAM-based cache, and will be offered with a three-year warranty with a write volume of 0.3DWPD (RT Drive Writes Per Day).
And what are the prices? Officially, they stand at $ 90 for 480GB, $ 50 for 240GB and also $ 30 for 120GB - and we are happy to see that the practical prices on the market could be even lower, judging by the cost of 80 only for the senior model available at this early stage in Amazon. This price is already great, but it is worth noting that a reduction of an additional $ 5 will bring it below the VAT exemption threshold, and a total cost of less than NIS 300 for the Israeli public - a level that only a few models have reached to date, and none of them From a well-known and reputable brand like Crucial.
The expected price in the Israeli market is not yet known - but it is also expected to be very competitive, similar to the prices that currently characterize the MX500 models.
Is this really a huge news for the SSD market? We can only determine when we start seeing impressions and first reviews. Hopefully this will happen as soon as possible.