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Crucial's New 512 GB m4 SSD Costs $1000

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The new line of Crucial SSDs use Micron's 25-nm MLC NAND flash technology.

Wednesday Lexar Media announced its new Crucial m4 line of solid state drives, designed for both business customers and general consumers. Although the drives aren't quite as zippy as SF-2200 based SSDs just launched on the market, the 512 GB model does offer an impressive pricetag: $999.99.

Now available worldwide, the new Crucial m4 SSD line features a 2.5-inch form factor using Micron's 25-nm MLC NAND Flash tech and a SATA 6 Gb/s interface. They also arrive in four tasty flavors: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. Across the board, the sequential read speeds are up to 415 MB/s, but the sequential write speeds range from up to 95 MB/s to 260 MB/s, depending on the capacity.

As for other specs, the Crucial m4 line includes a random 4K read of 40,000 IOPS, a random 4K write of up to 50,000 IOPS (depending on the capacity), and an average access time of less than .1-ms. These low power, durable SSDs also have a MTBF of 1.2 million hours, feature built-in EDC/ECC and come packed with a limited 3-year warranty.

"The new Crucial m4 SSD builds on the enormous success of its predecessor, the Crucial RealSSD C300. As a subsidiary of Micron Technology, we're in the unique position of leveraging Micron's NAND development and manufacturing expertise for our Crucial branded SSDs," said Robert Wheadon, worldwide senior product manager. "These next-generation m4 SSDs offer customers higher capacities and even greater performance at affordable prices."

The new Crucial m4 line arrives with "competitive" pricing, costing $129.99 for the 64 GB SSD, $249.99 for the 128 GB SSD, $499.99 for the 256 GB SSD, and a meaty $999.99 for the 512 GB SSD. The drives are now available for purchase through the Crucial website or via leading channel partners worldwide.

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    memadmax , April 27, 2011 9:55 PM
    3 year warranty is nice....
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    Anonymous , April 27, 2011 9:55 PM
    At first I missed a zero and read $100. I nearly fainted.
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    burnley14 , April 27, 2011 10:23 PM
    Poor performance, all things considered. Especially for that price tag.
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    ProDigit10 , April 28, 2011 12:13 AM
    $2 per GB is not so bad, if they could offer the same price value for a 32GB SSD.
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    tmax , April 28, 2011 3:48 AM
    I am going to put a SSD in my Bulldozer/990FX build. I just hope the prices come down a little more.
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    soundping , April 28, 2011 4:01 AM
    $1.000 for a oversized thumb drive?
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    eklipz330 , April 28, 2011 5:54 AM
    soundping$1.000 for a oversized thumb drive?

    lol what? that's like saying a desktop computer is an oversized netbook...
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    tavix , April 28, 2011 8:29 AM
    Competitive my a$$! 130$ for crappy 64GB???? Pffffff!
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    brisingamen , April 28, 2011 8:48 AM
    still way too much money. period.
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    thrasher32 , April 28, 2011 1:29 PM
    otacon72When SSD prices come down by 50% I'll think about buying one.

    $500 for a 500Gb drive? No. I'm thinking more like $200-300 before I jump in that pool.
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    hannibal , April 28, 2011 1:59 PM
    $500 for a 500Gb drive? No. I'm thinking more like $200-300 before I jump in that pool.

    Well at this speed you have to wait... hmmm... something like 5-6 years until you will buy SSD...
    They are not cheap, but they are affordable... Good GPU cost 150-250$ (forgeting the highend models) for 150-250$ you can get reasonable good ssd.
    When the limiting factor in GPU part are game consoles, the ssd seems to be better upgrade than new GPU... I would newer have though to say that... O mores o tempores.
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    rosen380 , April 28, 2011 2:27 PM
    People buying SSDs aren't buying for $/GB [compared to rotating drives], but paying for unmatched speed, lower power use, no noise, etc...