Crucial today revealed its MX500 SSD series. The drives feature Micron 64 layer 3D TLC NAND combined with a Silicon Motion SM 2258 controller. The drives make use of the SATA-600 interface and are able to achieve maximum sequential reads of 560 MB/s and maximum sequential writes at 510MB/s.
The speeds are only little higher than the maximum speeds that Micron specifies for its MX300 SSDs series. The speed of the SSD is likely limited by the SATA-600 interface, which in theory allows speeds up to 600MB/s.
The MX500 series will be available in 2.5″ and M.2 2280 form-factors and in capacities of 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. Also a 2TB drive will be available, but only in the 2.5″ form-factor.
Crucial specifies maximum random reads at 95,000 IOPS and maximum random writes at 90,000 IOPS. The MX500 SSDs come with a five year limited warranty, two years more than its predecessor, the MX300 series. TBWs are specified from 100TB TBW for the 250GB model to 700TB TBW for the 2TB model.
The Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5″ drive is currently available on the Crucial website at $259.99. Other models will become available the coming time.