Crucial BX500 480 GB SSD review

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The following images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon DSLR shooting 12 MegaPixel photos. Right then, packaging. The sample we have at hand is the 1 TB model. Performance is listed as 540 MB/s read and 500 MB/s writes with our tested model.



And there it is, this is the 2.5" SATA3 version all packaged up in the bundle. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis. Small and light-weight. The SSD supports TRIM making sure your SSD will regain its speed once in idle. 


Obviously, you do need to connect it to a proper SATA 3 (6G) controller though, the best ones are native to the motherboard chipset like Intel's own Z270 / Z370 / X299 SATA ports as well as AMD X370 and X399 SATA3 native chipset connectors for SATA3. SATA3 ports coming from a 3rd party like ASMedia, are pretty good, but often more limited in bandwidth showing slower metrics on SSD performance. Obviously, if you have not upgraded your PC in a while, the drives are backward compatible towards SATA2 as well, but the bandwidth limitation there would be capped to roughly 270 MB/s (which is still silly fast compared to HDDs).


A proper SATA 6G cable is recommended and should be delivered with your motherboard. We however never ever had issues with a standard older SATA2 cable either. It seems that SATA3 cables are a little thicker and thus better shielded, that's all.






The PCB reveals a Silicon Motion SM2258XT controller paired with Microns own 64-layer TLC flash memory.  It is a sound and proven combination. 



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