Crucial M500 SSD now selling for 59 cents per gig

Remember Crucial’s M500 SSD? The successor to the two-year-old m4 was announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, and now, the drive has finally made its way online. True to Crucial’s promise, you can get a 960GB version for under $600.

Amazon seems to have the lowest prices right now, with the 960GB model selling for $570. That works out to 59 cents per gig, which is unheard of for an SSD boasting almost a terabyte of storage. 960GB SSDs typically cost a grand and up.

Expect to pay more per gigabyte for the lower-capacity M500 variants, though. The 480, 240, and 120GB models are selling for $363, $202, and $129, respectively—$0.76, $0.84, and $1.08 per gig.

Like its m4 predecessor, the M500 uses Marvell controller silicon. This time, it’s the Marvell 88SS9177, which is paired with custom firmware and Micron’s own 20-nm MLC NAND. The M500 also sports hardware-based encryption, improved thermal management, and power-loss protection. It has a more efficient sleep mode, as well; Crucial claims the M500’s slumber state consumes 93% less power than that of the old m4.

The Crucial M500 is purportedly capable of hitting 500MB/s with sequential reads and 400MB/s with writes, although those figures apply only to the 480 and 960GB models. The 240 and 120GB versions have sequential write rates of 250 and 130MB/s, respectively, putting them in the same league as Samsung’s budget 840 Series drive. We’re working on putting together a Crucial M500 review and hope to have some numbers comparing the SSD to the 840 Series and its other rivals soon. Stay tuned.

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    • End User
    • 9 years ago

    I got a notification that it is back in stock at Newegg so I placed my order.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 9 years ago

    I put a 128 GB SSD and a 750 GB Scorpio Black into my Republic of Gamers laptop. Yours should accept two drives just as easily.

    • davidbowser
    • 9 years ago

    Ditto…

    I have to vent a minor peeve with Crucial. I have bought stuff directly from Crucial before (buying direct was price competitive when RAM was expensive) and I get their promo emails. They didn’t send out any availability notification on this, and thus I will be on the waiting list. I would expect them to send out direct emails to early adopters to at least get pre-orders or outright purchases so they can get the higher margins from direct sales.

    • curtisb
    • 9 years ago

    Actually, it has since Intel now has TRIM support with RAID0 on the 7 series chipsets. I run that on my desktop rig at home with two 128GB m4’s. I built it last summer and it still seems as quick as it did the day it was built. I don’t have any benchmarks to go by, but I’ve used early SSDs that didn’t support TRIM and you can definitely tell a difference over time.

    • BIF
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]Anyone who hasn't splurged for an SSD yet should be looking for closeout deals on M4s. They're fantastic drives. [/quote<] But should note that M4 is 9mm thick. This may be too thick if you use certain removable hotswap SSD caddies. By contrast, this M500 is only 7 mm thick, if the Amazon ad is to be believed.

    • BIF
    • 9 years ago

    Wow, can I fit two of these into my Asus G73 laptop? I think it’s a G73, I’ll have to see if there’s room and available connectors.

    We’re getting closer and closer. This may also be doable for my desktop, though I’d prefer to wait for a 1.5 TB capacity, only because I’m a glutton and I have a lot of sound sample libraries.

    • BIF
    • 9 years ago

    LOL

    I still use stick and stone to get dinner. Cavegirl sometime go hungry.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    This is the equivalent of saying:

    “I still use a floppy drive for removable media, The cost of other stuff is just too high.”

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Usually. The outliers are measured in [i<]Google Fiber Cities[/i<] time.

    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 9 years ago

    Thanks to everyone’s glowing reviews the 960GB version is up to $599.99 and now states “usually ships within 1 to 2 months.”

    yee haw.

    • lckbrend
    • 9 years ago

    I still using 3.5 inch Hard disk 1.5TB and it is cheap. SSD maybe when price drops to same as Hard disk I may consider :).

    • internetsandman
    • 9 years ago
    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    I’m too high maintenance.

    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    The more reasonable sizes aren’t priced that great, though

    • James296
    • 9 years ago

    I just leave this here :
    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Y4CDdZW-o[/url<]

    • Mr. Eco
    • 9 years ago

    You gave up on USB3 arguments AMD vs Intel, and focused on easier targets – the CPUs.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    Are you available?? 😉

    • chuckula
    • 9 years ago

    Anand has a decent review up: [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/6884/crucial-micron-m500-review-960gb-480gb-240gb-120gb[/url<] The performance on these guys isn't stellar, but for the price they seem to be a good deal. The 960GB drive is definitely a good deal for the capacity you get.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 9 years ago

    Did you get the 500 GB Samsung 840 SSD for 56¢ per GB?
    [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=86760[/url<]

    • lycium
    • 9 years ago

    I’m going into cryostasis until they pay me $1 per GB.

    • melissanxel032x
    • 9 years ago
    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    I’m more interested in it from the aspect of seeing how they handle SSDs rather then specific differences between chipsets. I believe the last time they tested raid on chipsets was pre-SSDs.

    Unless I’m mistaken, the last time they did a comparison was back in 2005, and it was between nForce and Intel.

    [url<]https://techreport.com/review/9124/chipset-serial-ata-and-raid-performance-compared[/url<] Those results are hardly relevant anymore. SSDs vastly changed the landscape, not only for performance, but also for raid cards. I know this first hand as my perc 6 could easily handle SAS drives, but couldn't suck up any meaningful performance from doing a r0 array with SSDs on it. Not just the performance, but seeing how efficient the controller is too. While cpu utilization means next to nothing with a single drive, that changes a lot when you start doing raid arrays on chipsets.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t think Southbridge I/O has changed for Intel or AMD for quite some time. If so, it would make more sense to wait until there is a significant change, maybe when the I/O is integrated into the CPU or if only as an MCM then it would need to use a different interconnect.

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    You know, it’s been awhile since you guys have benchmarked chipset level raid configurations. I don’t think you’ve done it since SSDs came around… I think that may make for some interesting comparisons.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 9 years ago

    Yep. I got my 256GB 830 for 169.99 with free shipping right around the time the 840s came out.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Dudette. Family site. See rule Rule 79.b!

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 9 years ago

    Or a real one with a job instead of the inflatable.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    I of course was being sarcastic. I already own 3 SSD’s and was quite happy buying at $1.00/GB

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    Unfortunately it looks like the smaller sizes, which I’m sure are much more popular given the absolute price, are priced pretty average for their capacities.

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    Yawn, wake me up when free Linux distros come on SSDs.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 9 years ago

    Turn that 1 and 0 around. Make that $0.01/GB and then we’re talkin’.

    Course, I already have a Samsung 830 I can last on for a while…

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 9 years ago

    I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree. I saw 256GB 830’s drop to ~$150 on Amazon a month before the 840/840 Pro showed. That was the lowest they ever hit, but it was clearly a firesale to get rid of inventory so that when the 840/840 Pro showed, people wouldn’t go, “The 840 sucks. 830 rules at lower pricing!”

    Except that happened anyway.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 9 years ago

    This just tells me you have far too few pr0nz. Pr0nz up, bro. Pr0nz up.

    • Goty
    • 9 years ago

    That’s because the 830 was an all-around better drive (performance-wise) than the 840, so demand for the 830 never really dropped. The M500 seems to be generally faster than the M4, so the same scenario isn’t likely.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    Yawn, wake me up when they’re $0.10/GB.

    • JohnC
    • 9 years ago

    Guess it’s time to upgrade my M4 512GB… Getting almost full, and the other PC would greatly benefit from this spare drive from my primary PC.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Just get a richer wife.

    • Grigory
    • 9 years ago

    Very punny, sir!

    • hieu.noob
    • 9 years ago

    When Samsung released the 840/840 Pro, the 830s didn’t go on any sort of fire-sale; they actually got more expensive and never touched their lowest price point that came months before the new line was released. I saw deals for the 128GB model for $70-80 pretty regularly, but when the 840 came along, $90 was the cheapest I had seen it go for.

    TL;DR The close outs you’re forecasting may not be certain.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    O ya, well I’m going to tell my wife to pick up some OT and I will buy 2 of them…………for my NAS 🙂

    • moose17145
    • 9 years ago

    I have a 128GB M4 in my laptop from when they were 160 dollars (the 500GB mechanical it had failed so i went Solid State for the replacement), and I will agree, it has been a fantastic and amazing drive thus far. It put new life back into this old 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo machine in a way I didn’t even think was possible!

    Now all I need to do is get a 256GB SSD for my i7-920 desktop system!

    • Neutronbeam
    • 9 years ago

    My first SSD in 2008 was $600 for an Intel 80GB so that Crucial deal to me is great–too bad I picked up a 240GB last year for my new boot drive.

    • R2P2
    • 9 years ago

    I’d be annoyed that I just installed a 500GB 840 on the weekend, except that it’s only 1/3 full and it’s fast enough that my mobo’s SATA2 controller is probably holding it back. Don’t really need bigger and faster.

    • Star Brood
    • 9 years ago

    I can build a solid, reliable and long-term computer with all new parts, for the cost of one of these. But I still want one.

    • smilingcrow
    • 9 years ago

    Sounds like you can’t bear current prices so are going to hibernate for the duration.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Bought mine at the local Mom and Pop shop for $ 540 CAD for the 960GB should have it next week in hand.

    • chuckula
    • 9 years ago

    w00t!

    The board is almost set, the pieces are almost moving.
    The 960 GB model will go very nicely in my new [s<]Hasbeen[/s<] [b<]Steamroller*[/b<] system in June! * You didn't know already?

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Yawn, wake me up when they’re $0.25/GB.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 9 years ago

    You know what this means?

    Anyone who hasn’t splurged for an SSD yet should be looking for closeout deals on M4s. They’re fantastic drives.

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