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[Amazon Canada] Crucial BX500 120 GB Solid State Drive $38 + Free Shipping

UPDATE 2018-09-22: The party is over! The prices have gone up on Amazon.ca for the BX300 series: $6 for the 120 GB (not too bad) but significantly for the 240 GB and 480 GB. It doesn't make sense anymore and the BX500 series should be considered instead.

UPDATE 2018-09-16: this post (thread) should be put on hold for a few days because another, older, better, Crucial series has been put in liquidation by Amazon.ca read post #154 to know more. I will Update once the BX300s go Out of Stock.

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Replacing a traditional spinning hard disk drive with any Solid State Drive (SSD) is a cheap way to give a new life to an older computer.

If your budget is tight, instead of going for an “iffy” brand, go for a reliable one:

Check out the just launched budget line of Crucial SSDs including the 120 GB BX500 for $38 at Amazon.ca

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Hot deal for my parent's dying hdd!!
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How reliable and how fast will these be compared to a Samsung EVO?
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Smoking deal! 240GB and 480GB are worth looking at too
"The things you own end up owning you..." (c)
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Just curios, is it actually using TLC or QLC?
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I would stick to the MX500 until we figure out just what is under the hood. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one lacking a DRAM buffer.
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3D TLC, controller is from silicon motion, no dram. Unless it is really really cheap, or you dont care, otherwise dont waste your money.
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rendered22 wrote:
Sep 6th, 2018 6:50 pm
How reliable and how fast will these be compared to a Samsung EVO?
The least expensive Samsung EVO that I know of is $90 at the moment and should not be compared to the BX500 120 GB at $38. It's intended to compete with the low quality "iffy" brands that I won't name here (to avoid starting a useless fight) but you know what I'm talking about. My intention was to try to stir away people from those brands now that there's an alternative from a reputable brand in this price range.

Obviously, if you are ready to go as low as sub $40 for a SSD, reliability and speed is not your main concern.
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YangW71693 wrote:
Sep 6th, 2018 7:23 pm
3D TLC, controller is from silicon motion, no dram. Unless it is really really cheap, or you dont care, otherwise dont waste your money.
These are terrible and no different than a cheap China-brand SSD from Amazon.
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Temporel wrote:
Sep 6th, 2018 7:31 pm
Source please.
There was a link posted the other day on RFD, and I think it was from Tom's.
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archon6784 wrote:
Sep 6th, 2018 7:00 pm
Just curios, is it actually using TLC or QLC?
Micron is actively hiding anything and everything about this SSD - their product page says nothing, their marketing PDF says nothing... hell, even their Datasheet says absolutely nothing, and check out this quote from Tom's:

It's highly possible that Crucial is utilizing its parent company Micron's 64-layer 3D QLC (quad-level cell) NAND chips
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JackWhyte wrote:
Sep 6th, 2018 7:33 pm
These are terrible and no different than a cheap China-brand SSD from Amazon.
well, at least you get OEM nand and 3 years warantty from crucial, other than that, yeah, you are right, maybe even worse performance wise. This BX500 is similar to Toshiba TR200, WD green, and maybe better than Sandisk plus.
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If it's actually QLC, then its sustained write performance will rival that of a mechanical HD.

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