Today marks a significant milestone for Crucial as it pulls back the curtains on its latest flagship SSD, the T500 PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD, representing a major leap forward in the world of high-performance storage solutions. This eagerly awaited addition to Crucial’s Gen4 consumer NVMe SSD lineup stands poised to revolutionize the gaming and professional user markets with its unparalleled speed and reliability. The T500’s impressive sequential read and write speeds of 7400/7000 MBps firmly cement its position as a frontrunner in the competitive SSD landscape.
Taking the reins from its predecessor, the Crucial P5 Plus, the T500 has its sights set on delivering top-notch performance to meet the demands of contemporary digital enthusiasts. It marks a continuation of Crucial’s strategic focus on catering to the high-end consumer SSD segment, building on the success of the T700 Gen5 NVMe SSD, renowned for its groundbreaking 12 GBps read speeds. With the T500, Crucial aims to solidify its reputation as an industry leader in delivering cutting-edge storage solutions.
A notable feature of the T500 is its use of the Phison E25 controller! a cutting-edge technology that was introduced to the market just last year. Complementing this is the utilization of the Micron 232L 3D TLC NAND, a high-performance memory unit that has been in mass production for several quarters! enabling Crucial to maintain competitive pricing without compromising on quality. As with its predecessor, the T500 is specifically tailored for the needs of gamers! content creators, and other professional users seeking uncompromising performance and reliability.
While the tech industry eagerly anticipates the widespread integration of PCIe 5.0 SSDs! the Gen4 SSD segment continues to dominate the market owing to its optimal balance of system compatibility! cost-effectiveness, and exceptional performance across various applications and use cases. Crucial’s strategic decision to focus on this segment underscores its commitment to delivering products that meet the diverse needs of its user base.
The T500 will be available in three capacities and two variants! with the 500GB version offered solely in a non-heatsink SKU! and the 1TB and 2TB versions available in both heatsink and non-heatsink variants. Notably, Crucial has indicated its plans to introduce a 4TB version of the T500 in the coming year. Moreover, the company has ensured that the heatsink SKUs are designed to be compatible with the PlayStation 5! further expanding the accessibility of the T500 to a wider range of users.
In line with the growing demand for optimized gaming experiences! the T500 highlights its integration of Phison’s ‘I/O+ Technology,! catering to the needs of gamers seeking an unparalleled and seamless gaming experience. The necessity for a DRAM-equipped E25 controller to efficiently manage the flash translation layer (FTL) is addressed by Crucial’s use of Micron LPDDR4 DRAM (1GB/TB of flash) in the T500! ensuring optimal performance and reliability.
Notably, the current state of the memory industry has resulted in a downturn, leading to lower flash pricing. While this has presented challenges for NAND flash and DRAM vendors in terms of revenue! it has translated into an advantageous opportunity for consumers! as exemplified by the compelling launch pricing of the Crucial T500! starting as low as 8.5¢/GB for the 2TB non-heatsink SKU. This attractive pricing strategy is poised to make the T500 a compelling choice for users seeking a high-performance SSD without breaking the bank.
Crucial continues to push the boundaries of innovation! the T500 represents a significant leap forward in the world of high-performance storage solutions! promising to deliver unparalleled speed, reliability, and affordability for consumers and professionals alike. With its state-of-the-art technology and competitive pricing, the T500 is poised to set a new standard for the consumer SSD market! further solidifying Crucial’s position as a leading pioneer in the world of cutting-edge storage solutions.
|Crucial T500 Gen4 NVMe SSD Specifications|
|Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||2 TB|
|NAND Flash||Micron 232L 3D TLC NAND|
|Form-Factor, Interface||Single-Sided M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 2.0|
|Sequential Read||7200 MB/s||7300 MB/s||7400 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||5700 MB/s||6800 MB/s||7050 MB/s|
|Random Read IOPS||800K||1150K||1180K|
|Random Write IOPS||300K||600K||1200K|
|SLC Caching||Static / Dynamic (up to 20% of user capacity)|
|TCG Opal Encryption||Yes|
|Write Endurance||300 TBW