Crucial Begins to Sell M500-Series Affordable High-Capacity Solid-State Drives

Crucial Initiates Sales of New-Generation 120GB – 960GB SSDs

by Anton Shilov
04/09/2013 | 08:27 PM

Crucial, a leading supplier of memory and storage upgrades, on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of the Crucial M500 solid state drives. Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times, and an advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 SSD is available now at the price between $0.625 and $1.08 per gigabyte.

 

The M500 SSD are based on Marvell third-generation 88SS9187 controller (same silicon powers Plextor M5 Pro and other advanced SSDs) combined with Micron's custom firmware to deliver up to 80 000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive's sequential read and write speeds reach up to 500MB/s and 400MB/s, respectively. The new M500-series SSDs also features hardware-based encryption (TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE 1667), data protection against unexpected power loss, and an adaptive thermal monitoring system. The M500 SSD utilizes Micron's 20nm multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash to achieve terabyte-class capacity and enable a new level of SSD price competitiveness; the 960GB Crucial M500 SSD will be initially priced at $599, or at $0.625 per gigabyte.

The Crucial M500 2.5” drives are available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities with MSRPs of $129.99, $219.99, $399.99, and $599.99, respectively.

"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. The Crucial M500 is equipped with an impressive new set of features, making it a multifaceted solution for today and tomorrow," said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide product manager of Crucial.  

The Crucial M500 is compatible with both PC and Mac systems, and is backed by a limited three-year warranty. The 2.5” form factor is available in 7mm height and comes with a 9.5mm bracket. M.2 form factors are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2013.