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Crucial BX500 480GB SSD $58.03 + Delivery (Free with Prime) @ Amazon UK via AU

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Literally 97 cents cheaper than the previous best price from 2020 with free prime delivery https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/588260, but this time from Amazon UK instead of AU, so add another week's worth of shipping.

Speed is not the best, but makes a great secondary drive for an SSD.

So if you missed out back then, here's your second chance.

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  • +2 votes

    Prime day is coming very soon, will it be cheaper?

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      there is a decent chance

    • +2 votes

      I wouldn't bother. Whilst rare, the better quality SSDs have been close to $100 for 1TB.

      The 860 evo was less than $110 several months ago with discounts and cashbacks. I managed to get a Seagate barracuda 1tb nvme m.2 for $99.

  • +1 vote

    Not fastest, but great second drive when you need extra space for cheap

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    Ddddeeeaaaallll!

    Who cares about the speed for that capacity

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    This as good as an old Samsung 840 SSD (using one for a data/working drive to disconnect although it's only 128GB).

    The speeds are probably much better now, am only getting 418MB/s read, 140MB/s write at the most - no issues in the real world).
    Anyway the external, enclosure only shows up as HDD not SSD

    • +4 votes

      840 has the infamous slow old data read issue, which was never fixed. Samsung only released a workaround fix for 840 EVO. However, when my 840 died, Samsung replaced it with 850 EVO and twice the size.

      BX500 is inferior to be honest. It is DRAMless SSD. External, despite in the enclosure, your system still knows it is an SSD. DiskInfo software can still probe the SSD information. TRIM over USB could matter and you probably don't want to use junk class USB 3 chipset.

      This needs to be cheaper to be considered 'bargain'. This is inferior grade TLC from Micron.

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        ok thanks for that - it must be 2012 vintage, i used to have it as my OS drive in an old pc. Not that big capacity but ok for the moment as a separate drive (mapped a letter the same as somewhere else i'm doing work for out of laziness to config some software). seems pretty fast still anyway for a data drive.

      • +2 votes

        Not just slow reads - old data could be corrupted if you left it unpowered for long enough. It was a major screw up and should have been recalled.

        The way MLC SSDs work is that the level of charge in a cell is used to encode several bits of data. The level of charge is read back to determine if the cell is encoding the bit combination 00, 01, 10, or 11. The problem is the samsung 840 SSDs had a much higher self discharge rate that expected, so the level of charge would reduce over time, meaning the data encoded was lost. Their "workaround" was to program the firmware to read every cell and write it back out again more frequently to ensure the charge level didn't drop too much. But that doesn't work if it's not powered up - e.g. a laptop that isn't used often, or an external drive you are using for occassional use.

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          hmm, it was sitting for periods at a time but using daily now and backing up to one drive just as often. Perhaps should use with caution then, and keep an eye out for something else. Well out of warranty period unless they do lifetime, if it stuffed up.
          Cheers,

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            @G-rig: I vaguely recall something like 6 months unpowered being the sort of timeframe to start exhibiting issues. I just remember that we had to ditch that drive at a place that I worked at about 6 or 7 years ago since it was going in a device that wouldn't be powered up for extended periods, then would need to be operational.

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              @mattkenny: Hmm no worries, I just figured throw it into an enclosure to use a a big thumb drive almost, not sure if it's worth throwing it away or still ok. Was probably In storage for years at one stage.

              Edit T5 or T7 probably alright on special

      • +1 vote

        Apparently some people in Chinese forums were reporting BX500 are now mixed with TLC and QLC chips now. I'd recommend against buying this drive from now.

  • +2 votes

    I got an MX version for my PS4 (plus an enclosure) and works great.

    For $58 really can't go wrong here.

    • +6 votes

      MX is so much better than BX, you can't buy a decent drive yourself, and recommend people to buy cheap nasty drives lol.

      • -2 votes

        If you consider this cheap and nasty may I suggest you buy some gear from wish.com to set your standards straight

      • +1 vote

        What?

        I know BX is not as good, but $58 for 480GB is not a bad deal as a side drive.

        For loading PS4 games or something I don't think there'd be much of an issue.

        Wouldn't use it as a main drive though.

        • +1 vote

          as mine and other's comment above, this drive is DRAM-Less from day 1 of release meaning low performance and endurance,

          and now it might have mixed chip with TLC&QLC.

          which means if you got the QLC version, you likely will have a SSD perform as bad as a USB Flashdrive.
          even if it's normal TLC, it's not that great anyway.

          • -1 vote

            @OMGJL: Best not to mix things together. DRAMless doesn't mean lower endurance. Endurance has more to do with how much over-provisioning is in place and NAND technology and quality.

            Performance, it is no longer as clear cut (DRAM vs DRAMless). Sure, with DRAM is better, but WD Blue NVMe shows that it can be DRAMless and performs better than some models with DRAM (obviously, WD Blue's NAND flash is better quality than this cheapo BX500). The improvement on the controller has close the gap for newer DRAMless SSDs.

            There will be more DRAMless SSDs. SeriesX's internal SSD is DRAMless and wouldn't surprise me if PS5 also uses DRAMless SSD. Those newer consoles has fast RAM and sufficient amount.

            BX500, the main issue is inferior NAND flash, DRAMless just adds more insult to injury.

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              @netsurfer: I do know that bx500 was a bad drive(seen a few bad performing ones from different PC), and I knew it was dram less, I thought that was the issue. Thanks for the clarification, my reasoning was wrong but the conclusion is the same though, not the drive I'd ever buy. ( I have no issue with crucial or micron though, I am using their 16Gbit B-Die with 3800 16-17-16-34, and I have few MX500s here and there)

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              @netsurfer:

              DRAMless doesn't mean lower endurance

              If they're mapping the drive on the NAND flash rather than the DRAM chip they die sooner.

              There's a reason why DRAMless SSDs mostly have short warranty periods of <3 years.

        • +1 vote

          as well as…. PS4/XBOX games are HUGE now, and updates are getting larger and larger, low endurance drive with big updates, good luck to whoever decide to buy this or similar drives.

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    $115 for the 1TB version

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      Eh, that's not really a bargain for 1TB, I think, take a look at faster models if you're stretching your budget that far.

      This is just for very low budgets. Better-than-nothing scenarios like second drives and reviving ancient laptops.

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    If this is the disk I think it is, it's notoriously bad when the data gets filled up. I think I've seen it in a worst case scenario function slower than a normal HDD on benchmarks.

  • +1 vote

    DRAM-less?

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      Yep, only the MX500 has DRAM. It is at least TLC.

  • +2 votes

    Personally I'd suggest prospective buyers pickup the Samsung 860 Evo 1TB for $117 - through current Samsung cashback offer. $149 for the drive upfront at MSY, $32 cashback through Samsung.

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    I'm hoping to get a 2tb SSD eventually, that's all I need to go all solid state PC

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    neat. Will be good to put more games on a cheap SSD. Thanks for the post

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    Looks like it does NOT come with any SATA adaptor. (maybe it is an important factor for some people) IMO, I would add extra 20 something, to go for samsung evo, would pay off in the long run.

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      Hey mate, which is better out of the 860 / 870? I ended up just buying the 860 but not sure of the actually difference to be honest

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        If more than $10 difference, i'd go 860, imo.

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    Aren't these normally $64 delivered on Amazon Australia? I'm pretty cheap but $6 for local delivery at any time doesn't seem too bad or pose as a deal breaker?

    Personally, I bought the upper model MX500 for the everyday price of $79 delivered (plus CC fee) from Centrecom and it's doing well. I thought the extra $15 would be worth it for a primary drive.

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      Been on this site long enough to see several examples of people passing over a good deal just because of delivery costs being an extra, rather than included, regardless if the price was the same.

      So there are definitely people out there who care about the delivery being free, no matter how long it takes.

      The other problem is that this isn't desirable as a primary drive, its speed is average at best, meaning as a boot drive, its only a step up if you came from a HDD, but not other SSDs.

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    It really isn't worth buying an SSD without a DRAM cache and a 500gb drive for storage doesn't make much sense.

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    mine never arrived…. Amazon just processed refund. Guess I'll get a better quality one!