Crucial’s excellent value DRAM-less QLC SATA SSD, the BX500, is down to £56 on Amazon UK from an RRP of £74. I think that’s a decent saving on a drive that’s ideal for upgrading an older machine or as media/game storage in a new one, where money spent per gigabyte is the primary measure of a suitability reader. (If performance is the goal, then a faster NVMe SSD is the way to go.) And by that measure, this drive is nearly off the scale, costing just 5.6 pence per gigabyte.
Although a budget drive, the BX500’s QLC NAND delivers high peak speeds – up to 540MB/s read and up to 500MB/s write, allowing it to operate to the limits of the SATA interface originally designed for hard drives. . Its DRAM-less design means performance drops in sustained read/write scenarios, but if you’re using it for media or game storage, you’ll encounter the limitations of this technology less frequently than if you were using the BX500 as Windows. /Linux. /macOS install drive.
Looking at Amazon’s price charts, the 1TB BX500 normally costs around £62, so that’s around a £6 drop – and an all-time low price for this model. Searching online I can’t find any other reader of similar spec (and from a reputable manufacturer rather than DestructionDarius2.totallyarealcompany) other than the £51 Integral V series which offers significantly lower spec and was released in 2016, this which makes it relatively old. Yet it is also worth considering.
What do you think of the BX500 – have you used one and how do you rate it? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you next week with more PC deals as I discover them! cheerio.