Crucial has just released a high capacity model of BX500 SSD with 2TB storage. Just like other SSDs in BX lineup, it uses SATA III interface with a 2.5″ format. Due to the increase in storage capacity, it features double the endurance in comparison with the 1TB model. It runs on the same 96-layer 3D TLC NAND technology from Micron. Also, it uses the same DRAM-less controller from Silicon Motion. Thus, the performance remains the same as the 1TB model.
With 540MB/s sequential read and 500MB/s sequential write speeds, this is definitely not the fastest SATA SSD in the market. There are other alternatives in similar or even lower price range offering better performance. Interestingly, Crucial’s own MX500 2TB SSD competes against BX500 2TB SSD with faster speeds, better life expectancy, and longer warranty.
Here’s how BX500 2TB SSD falls short of its own competitor. Crucial MX500 2TB SSD offers sequential reads/writes up to 560/510 MB/s and random reads/writes up to 95K/90K on all file types. With a limited 5-year warranty, MX500 offers 2 more years of warranty over BX500. The deals on MX500 are quite good and it costs even lesser than BX500.
It’s not like this BX500 2TB SSD is bad, it still offers 45 times more energy efficiency over ordinary HDD and 300 times better performance. Content creators such as photographers, filmmakers, musicians, etc who still work on HDDs would benefit a lot by upgrading to this SSD. It also offers Integrated power loss immunity so that you don’t lose your data if it shuts down in the middle for some reason. Unfortunately, it does not support hardware encryption like MX500.
The big drawback lies in its pricing. Unless Crucial cuts the pricing, there is no visible reason to choose this SSD over several alternatives in the market. One more thing to consider is the type of interface and slot you have since it only comes in 2.5″ 7mm thick SATA III(6Gbps) format.