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Micron and Crucial announce next generation M500 solid state drive

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Jan 10, 2013
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  1. Micron has unveiled the M500 solid state drive that uses Micron's latest 20-nanometer multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash technology. Using the SATA 6Gbps interface, the M500 drives can deliver up to 80,000 IOPS with sequential read and write speeds topping...

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  2. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Awesome stuff.
    hammer2085 likes this.
  3. Modena

    Modena TS Booster Posts: 143

    I wonder if that means that the 480GB will only be around $300 and the 240GB around $150? That would be pretty damn cool.
  4. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 261   +103

    Cool, I bought an M4 two days ago that will give me plenty of performance for the time being. Nice to see they're adding some new models.

    By the way, what's up with everybody now using 120/240/480 instead of 128/256/512 GB for SSD capacities? (Samsung and Crucial) specially on a 128GB model you may need those extra 8GB, or is it some kind of new code of honor that manufacturers have for advertising real usable capacity? xD
  5. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Very excited for this price point. Like Modena said, I hope the price /GB carries down into lower models
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,952   +203

    The hidden capacity is used for overprovisioning:

    Also from Jarred Walton's news post on this drive:

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