Crucial has announced its BX500 series budget SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. The drives come in a 2.5″ form-factor and will be available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB with MSRPs of $29.99, $49.99 and $79.99 respectively. That means the largest capacity drive has a price per GB of $0.17.
Budget drives currently always use 3D NAND and a least in the Triple Level Cell (TLC) variant. Because several manufacturers have announced mass production of Quad Level Cell (QLC) 3D NAND it would not be surprising if the BX500 series contained QLC NAND. This isn’t the case however, according to a support employee on Amazon the BX500 contains TLC 3D NAND, which as usual, will come from Crucial’s parent company, Micron.
Performance wise, all capacities pretty much max-out the SATA interface with sequential read and write speeds of up to 540MB/s and 500 MB/s respectively. The BX500 series comes with features like, thermal monitoring, SLC write acceleration and a three-year warranty.