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Deal alert: Crucial's 500GB MX500 SSD is just $58 on Amazon

By William Gayde ยท 9 replies
Jan 25, 2019
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  1. Looking to upgrade to an SSD but on a budget? Crucial's popular MX500 solid-state drives are now available on Amazon for just $58. For the price and capacity, it's hard to beat these deals. If they're still too much for your budget, the 250GB versions are also on sale at $45.

    Despite having the M.2 form factor, the MX500 uses the older SATA connection standard. This means you can expect read speeds of around 560MB/s and write speeds around 510MB/s. It has the same circuitry as a traditional 2.5" SSD but just in a different form factor.

    For those with older motherboards that may not have an M.2 connector, the 2.5-inch version of the MX500 is also available for $58. While we're still a long ways away from SSDs reaching hard drive level pricing, these are some of the best solid-state drive deals around.

    If you're looking for more performance and are willing to spend a bit more, check out or NVMe SSD Roundup.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,509   +3,898

    The M.2 SSD only runs at SATA speeds, though

    LOL .... oh boy!
    godrilla and ShagnWagn like this.
  3. Wessell Urdata

    Wessell Urdata TS Booster Posts: 53   +92

    I thought it was made clear that not all M.2 SSDs run at NVMe speed.
  4. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 764   +593

    So basically, and expensive hard drive?
  5. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +1,238

    Indeed, it's long been made clear. Some people though are still struggling with the difference between M.2 (the name of the physical socket or form factor) and the buses (PCI-E 3.0, SATA 3.0 or USB 3.0) and "languages" (NVMe or ACHI) that M.2 can speak within that socket. Hence why the socket has different physical keying notches.
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  6. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 523   +468

    NO, It's extremely fast drive (compared to mechanical drives), that is smaller and only $15 more than 500GB 2,5" 7200RPM hard drive, the smallest HDD You could put into Your laptop (or workstation). Also, You will probably not get mechanical HDD with 5 year warranty that this Crucial provides.
    Basically, at this pricing, mechanical drives at laptops are starting to loose the ground.
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  7. godrilla

    godrilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +42

    Whilst still limited to sata speeds these would be ideal for raid storage on a budget on older platforms. Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest. Still running on x58. lol.
  8. baroquer

    baroquer TS Rookie

    I am wondering how to upgrade this M.2 SSD to NVME.
    Do we just need a new controller? And what cost is that upgrade?
  9. godrilla

    godrilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +42

    You can't, its limited to sata connection; even with m.2. Before nvme there was sata and sata express, so you would need a compatible motherboard and an ssd that supports it. I believe sata is backward compatible but nvme is not.
  10. George Cardoso

    George Cardoso TS Rookie

    I have purchased an MX500 2.5inch 1TB SSD drive. However, my asus ux330u accepts only the narrow type of M.2 SSD. I know if if was the other way around I could just buy an MX500 case and proceed with the installation. My question is whether the MX500 2.5inch 1TB SSD drive contains a narrow M.2 SSD that I can remove and install in my laptop. It would make sense for Crucial to have only one design but I would like to be sure before I break the seal in the package. Thank you.

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