Crucial MX500 M.2 500GB SATA SSD at Amazon for £99.63
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Crucial MX500 M.2 500GB SATA SSD at Amazon for £99.63

£99.63£101.061%Amazon Deals
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Found 11th May
Great price for a 500gb M.2 from a reputable company
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Its still a SATA SSD, I'd rather just buy a cheaper SATA SSD with no M.2 connector. But each to their own.
Read 560MB/s
Write 510MB/s

Not a bad price for a super small form factor low power ssd.
Horrorwood14 m ago

Its still a SATA SSD, I'd rather just buy a cheaper SATA SSD with no M.2 …Its still a SATA SSD, I'd rather just buy a cheaper SATA SSD with no M.2 connector. But each to their own.


I know what your saying but if your buying it for a tiny NUC or something small it's ideal.

I bought the MP500 m.2 drive for my desktop as the speeds are insanely fast. I wouldn't spend that money on something like that for my NUC though as it doesn't need it. Horses for courses as they say
Horrorwood36 m ago

Its still a SATA SSD, I'd rather just buy a cheaper SATA SSD with no M.2 …Its still a SATA SSD, I'd rather just buy a cheaper SATA SSD with no M.2 connector. But each to their own.


Of course, the point of these is for smaller devices which only support M.2.
Horrorwood1 h, 17 m ago

Its still a SATA SSD, I'd rather just buy a cheaper SATA SSD with no M.2 …Its still a SATA SSD, I'd rather just buy a cheaper SATA SSD with no M.2 connector. But each to their own.


And so would i. However my laptop only has an m.2 slot so not really an option....
pgilc155 m ago

And so would i. However my laptop only has an m.2 slot so not really an …And so would i. However my laptop only has an m.2 slot so not really an option....


Fair enough, in that case you have no choice. I just think we are being ripped off with some kind of m.2 tax!

A lot of 2.5" SSD's are about the same size when you open them up:

anandtech.com/sho…iew - scroll down the page to about half way.
Just got a WD Black NVMe drive 256gb for £73 from Amazon and that is great. It's so fast for OS really worthwhile. This isn't bad for the capacity and form factor but if you don't need m.2 just buy a 500gb ssd
Horrorwood57 m ago

Fair enough, in that case you have no choice. I just think we are being …Fair enough, in that case you have no choice. I just think we are being ripped off with some kind of m.2 tax!A lot of 2.5" SSD's are about the same size when you open them up:https://www.anandtech.com/show/8747/samsung-ssd-850-evo-review - scroll down the page to about half way.


Its an HP Envy 13 ultrabook laptop so space is a premium. A 500GB 2.5 inch SSD is around £90-£100 so theres not much in it any more.

More irritating is the soldered in RAM!
I'd be intrigued to see the real world performance benefit of a value and premium NVMe drive in typical desktop use over the MX500...

Sure a Samsung benchmarks much better, but if that only translates to a half second reduction in actual loading times for something, is it really worth double the cost?
Edited by: "MagicBoy" 11th May
MagicBoy1 h, 35 m ago

I'd be intrigued to see the real world performance benefit of a value and …I'd be intrigued to see the real world performance benefit of a value and premium NVMe drive in typical desktop use over the MX500...Sure a Samsung benchmarks much better, but if that only translates to a half second reduction in actual loading times for something, is it really worth double the cost?


The first time I used a PCIe SSD was in a Dell laptop and it seemed snappier to me but I didn’t use it for long.
But I can’t say if that was objectively valid as I had never used it with a SATA drive.
It did plant the seed of wanting a PCIe Boot drive in my next desktop but not at a large premium.

I managed to get a Toshiba XG3 512GB for £115 with a warranty so that wasn’t much of a premium for what is a decent SSD that uses MLC.
My data SSD is a mere SATA drive but it is 1.92TB and a data centre drive so it has great consistency, endurance and power protection.
If I hadn’t got such good deals I’d probably be slumming it with TLC SATA drives.
Yeah, I've got an early PCIe drive in a MacBook Pro. It's very fast, but again I can't compare it to a SATA device in that machine as it doesn't have the interface. Plugging one in via USB 3 or Thunderbolt wouldn't be a fair test.


It boots a few seconds quicker than my old 2011 MacBook Pro with a SATA drive, but given it only reboots every couple of months when there's an OS update it's not a compelling reason to spend £100 more on a PCIe drive for a Windows PC.
Edited by: "MagicBoy" 11th May
McTabish11th May

Just got a WD Black NVMe drive 256gb for £73 from Amazon and that is …Just got a WD Black NVMe drive 256gb for £73 from Amazon and that is great. It's so fast for OS really worthwhile. This isn't bad for the capacity and form factor but if you don't need m.2 just buy a 500gb ssd


Atleast with the NVMe there is a noticeable performance gain but m.2 / Sata SSD are identical. I guess if you've only got an m.2 slot or building a small machine then m.2 is the only option.
tahmidchowdhury981 h, 29 m ago

Atleast with the NVMe there is a noticeable performance gain but m.2 / …Atleast with the NVMe there is a noticeable performance gain but m.2 / Sata SSD are identical. I guess if you've only got an m.2 slot or building a small machine then m.2 is the only option.


But the price should be near enough identical too. I've been looking for an affordable M.2. (Sata or PCIe) simply because I already have enough drives and cables in my case
This isn't a bad price but the Adata XPG SX6000 which is a PCIe (albeit not a great one) is only £117 for 512 GB on Amazon at the moment.

I'm really not sure the premium for drives like the 960 Evo is worth it for the average user.
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