The Crucial M500 is a solid state drive that offers a SATA 6 GB/s interface, Marvell controller, 7mm drive height and Micron’s latest 20nm MLC NAND.
Available across 120GB, 240GB, 480 GB and 960 GB capacity, Crucial / Micron M500 is built on Marvell 88SS9187 controller and Micron 20nm 2bpc MLC NAND (equivalent to 128 Gbit die). It boasts of 500 MB/s sequential read and sequential write in a range of 130 MB/s to 400 MB/s. It comes with a 3 year warranty.
The suggested MSRP is priced around $ 600 which is still expensive but presents the market with the first viable opportunity from a trusted brand to go SSD only.
As outlined above, the Crucial 500 offers some enhanced features over previous models. One significant mention is that all M500 models utilize 128 GB NAND die versus the 64 GB NAND die traditionally found in SSDs. This NAND die selection is part of what enables Micron to offer drives at such competitive price.
In our opinion, this product meets all the requisites and make for a good buying option.