‘Good’ SSDs Get Affordable Thanks to Crucial at 2015 CES

Posted on January 09, 2015 by .

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Technology is a progressive force that shapes our lives in a way to make them better for the most part. It is rather inevitable to see a forward progress of technology, sometimes in exponentially increasing rates year after year. A particular technology area that is about to see additional leaps and bounds is the area of media storage and reliability in SSDs (Security Solid State Drives).

SSDs are wonderful devices that if you ever have the chance to experience you will never forget that first time. SSD represent the fastest large storage medium for computers, mostly found in desktop and laptop computers apart from normal flash storage.

At one time, SSDs have a bad reputation among the “affordable” choices. Although they proved to be very fast in transfer and storage of data, they were somewhat unreliable. Computer users would be required to spend a large sum of money on top of the premium already placed on SSDs due to the scarcity and high-priced manufacturing costs. Today, the tables have turned, much thanks to companies like Crucial, who at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show have introduced entry-level PCI Express SSDs.

The new Crucial SATA SSD drives, dubbed the BX100 series, have storage sizes of 120 GB, 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB all in the 2.5-inch form factor. The drives have respectable prices that make a convincing case for using such a drive over a conventional “spinning” hard drive.

Probably one of the more attractive aspects of the new Crucial SSD BX100 series drives, apart from its pricing, is the fact that the drives are expected to be reliable and have a decent sequential read speed of up to 535 MB/s. On the downside, which is still better than most conventional hard drives, the new Crucial SSDs have a limited writing speed where the 120 GB version manages only 185 MB/s while the larger capacities have up to 370 MB/s writing speed.

No doubt that use of these new drives, which are only in their infancy stage at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas, will be a hot item once they go on sale during the first quarter of 2015.

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