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Crucial Releases First Mainstream 1TB SSD Under $1/GB (M500)

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Updated: April 9, 2013
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Up until this week, anyone wanting to get a hold of a 1TB Solid State Drive for their computer pretty much needed to sell a body part or their first born child. OCZ currently offers a 1TB Octane branded SSD which costs a ridiculous $2,500…and that’s on sale. Most people don’t spend $2,500 on their entire system let alone a single component.

Crucial, however is looking to change that with the release of their latest 960GB M500 SSD which retails for around $650 US. I know some readers will still gasp at the nearly $700 price tag, but considering what’s currently on the market and the fact that this is under $0.70 per gigabyte makes this damn impressive.

In order to get this out to the market at such a high capacity without a price tag that’ll will put you in massive debt, Crucial is using Micron’s new 128Gbit 20nm MLC NAND flash which equates to 16GB per die (the previous max was 8GB). It isn’t all golden news though, as Micron also needed to increase page size from 8KB to 16KB which in turn not only increases the die’s density but also the latency, which means we can expect slightly slower performance than most SSDs currently on the market. I’m sure most won’t care too much about the small loss in performance to be able to get a solid state drive in this capacity for such a low price. If you’re looking to pick one up both Amazon and Newegg are already selling them.

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