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Crucial BX500 960GB 2.5" SSD $93.49 +tax

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Newegg has the pretty well-rated Crucial 960GB BX500 2.5" SSD on sale for $93.49 after
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https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...6820156205

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Comparable to this ssd (slightly faster write and slightly slower read) but $8 less and better vendor/not massgenie: https://slickdeals.net/f/13058254-crucial-mx500-1tb-ssd-101-99-at-massgenie

Considerably faster write speeds, double capacity, and cheaper per GB than this front page deal: https://slickdeals.net/f/13072564-480gb-sandisk-ssd-plus-2-5-solid-state-drive-50-free-shipping

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Comparable to this ssd (slightly faster write and slightly slower read) but $8 less and better vendor/not massgenie: https://slickdeals.net/f/13058254-crucial-mx500-1tb-ssd-101-99-at-massgenie

Considerably faster write speeds, double capacity, and cheaper per GB than this front page deal: https://slickdeals.net/f/13072564-480gb-sandisk-ssd-plus-2-5-solid-state-drive-50-free-shipping

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Nothing, really!! Different strokes for different folks at different timelines.
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Not comparable to the MX500. This BX500 is DRAM-less, so it's bad for a main system drive.

Maybe comparable to the Sandisk SSD Plus, which itself is not a good drive.
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This particular SKU (960GB) of the BX500 utilizes 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. This gives it excellent performance, best among DRAM-less SATA drives on the market. This is in fact an excellent dedicated gaming drive. If you're looking for a second, capacious SSD for your Steam drive, this is it.
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good god this is tempting, I've been holding off after hearing iffy things about sandisk and adata ssd(plus the whole rakuten charging tax kinda ruined the value farther on the adata drive)...I have the "inferior" TLC flash Samsung 840 250gb happy humming along ~6 years later after getting it for my OS and select few games drive back in 2013...and this thing doesn't have any dram cache that I'm aware of....iirc none of the SSD did "back in the day" or only very tiny ones like 256-512mb so I can't help but feel the whole dram cache thing is kinda overblown online, maybe I'm just too much of an average joe or too utilitarian to obsess over it after seeing how zippy this 840 samsung ssd has been for years despite people ragging on it back in the day
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agreed. I'm just looking for 4 500-2000GB SSDs to stick on my 2 port LSI MegaRaid for fast storage (Lab VMs, shared storage, etc), don't need DRAM for that. This makes it equivalent to the MX500 for my purposes, and cheaper with faster write speed, so, winner.

I have a 840 evo in my workstation now, and it's plenty fast, also have some cheapo 256GB HP spare SSD, benchmarks the same, faster than HDD and 15k SAS. I would prefer NVMe but only see 2 stick PCI-e cards, so while it may be faster, I'll only have have 1/4 the storage

hopefully some people took advantage of this deal, nice to see SSD storage dropping under $0.10/GB
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Just ordered it, been awhile since I did any upgrading on my gaming pc, this will be a welcome addition. Thx for finding this, I also trust Crucial as a brand more than Sandisk or Adata tbh. My bro has had an old Crucial 240gb SSD chugging along since 2013 as well, the B500 model iirc or something similar. And his model didn't have any dram cache either iirc or a very very tiny one if there was one. The more I think about it I kinda just sigh and wonder if people remember that all the high end or average ssd lines years ago didn't have dram and they loaded games and OS pretty fast and fine.

this drive indeed makes an excellent gaming drive, very good sequential reads which is what matters most apparently for games, which is what mine will be used for https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews...ndex3.html

https://imagescdn.tweaktown.com/c...-ships.png

"You may have noticed the Crucial graphic on the first page that asks about game data. With low random performance, why would Crucial target gamers with this drive? A lot of the data that loads for PC games is sequential in nature and uses large block sizes. This is the best scenario for the BX500. The 960GB model actually outperformed all the other drives in the charts today in the 100% sequential read test on the previous page."

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...My bro has had an old Crucial 240gb SSD chugging along since 2013 as well, the B500 model iirc or something similar. And his model didn't have any dram cache either iirc or a very very tiny one if there was one. The more I think about it I kinda just sigh and wonder if people remember that all the high end or average ssd lines years ago didn't have dram and they loaded games and OS pretty fast and fine.
Sorry, but you guys are way off base about DRAM. It's near essential for garbage collection and to prevent serious write amplification. These DRAMless drives are cutting some serious corners by using NVRAM as the cache and it makes them slower than hard drives in some scenarios. All the old reliable SSDs of yesteryear had DRAM caches. A few examples:
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Sorry, but you guys are way off base about DRAM. It's near essential for garbage collection and to prevent serious write amplification. These DRAMless drives are cutting some serious corners by using NVRAM as the cache and it makes them slower than hard drives in some scenarios. All the old reliable SSDs of yesteryear had DRAM caches. A few examples:
I just looked it up and indeed my old samsung 840 had dram cache, I could have sworn that had only started in the newer 840 evo at the time. Surely the little 512mb cache on mine doesn't really help that much though does it? I've accumulated ~52tb worth of writes according to HDD sentinel over a ~6 year period, with various games and different OS writing their fair chunk to it constantly and it's still alive and kicking even with its supposedly "inferior" TLC flash everybody ragged on at the time. This newer 960gb BX500 has 96 layer Micron flash and reviews said it's basically as good as you can get for a dramless drive

alas, this ssd will only be for games, which it loaded quicker than other ssd due to good sequential read performance as noted in the tweaktown review I posted

edit- and, BX500 has way better write endurance than some QLC drives that do have a cache like the intel 660p, I almost got that NVME version, but, heard it can randomly slow to a crawl, and, had lower write endurance, and, there's reports of NVME and even m.2 getting too hot
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Waiting for bf. Maybe 1gb will be in $80-90 range
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The MX500 is much faster and well worth the little bit more cash it'd cost you.

Here's a comparison:
https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com...9vsm666214
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Wow these things are getting cheap.
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edit- and, BX500 has way better write endurance than some QLC drives that do have a cache like the intel 660p, I almost got that NVME version, but, heard it can randomly slow to a crawl, and, had lower write endurance, and, there's reports of NVME and even m.2 getting too hot
Also, no DRAM cache or much too small making it rely on SLC cache which shrinks as the drive is filled on the Intel 660p.
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hopefully 2tb will be cheap come black friday, I'd nab another up and could get rid of a few noisy/slow older hdd from inside my pc and turn those into external hdd at that point, I'd love to go all ssd. I should be set for awhile after getting this for my desktop along with a different 480gb ssd for my laptop that only came with a lackluster 256gb ssd.

in life, there's always something better for more money, but I've gotten frugal as I've gotten older...truth be told I picked up a used enterprise ssd for my laptop as a secondary drive inside the bay(it only has a quadcore i5, 8gb ram, and gtx 1050, didn't feel like blowing a lot on accessories for it although it does alright for casual gaming), it uses MLC and has ~1800tb write endurance, saved about 20 bucks over a new yet "low end" ssd in the same capacity. I've also been looking at a used cheap 4tb enterprise hdd to consolidate data from several older hdd's to free up sata slots on my mobo

I do appreciate the info about dram helping in the end, if I ever need another ssd for my OS I'll go with a cheap 120-250gb one with a cache, but from the reading I've been doing, it doesn't matter for a gaming drive, and in the review and pic I linked earlier, this bx500 due to good sequential read performance which games apparently lean on more, it did very well.
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