Micron has three bits between its PC disk-killing flash teeth

Crucial SSD offers TLC for slow disk drives

Micron is targeting consumers and SMBs with a disk-replacing three bit Crucial-brand SSD.

This BX200 triple-level cell (TLC) 2.5-inch flash drive uses Micron NAND chips, 16nm ones, and comes in 270GB, 480GB and 960GB capacity levels. It is driven by a Silicon Motion SM2256 controller operating Micron firmware.

The basic performance numbers are up to 66,000/78,000 random read/write 4K IOPS, and 540/490MB/sec read/write bandwidth. This PC/notebook disk-killing SSD is pitched firmly at the PC/small server disk replcement market, coming with Acronis True Image HD data migration software that moves all files, operating systems, settings and programs from an existing hard drive to the SSD.

The affordability of the drive (relative) and its performance compared to an average disk drive - 13x faster access, fast boot, 40x more energy efficient, cooler, quieter - makes you wonder if PC and notebook disk drives are becoming endangered species

In May Crucial's earlier BX100 was available with a 1TB capacity at £321. The BX200 at nearly the same capacity is considerably cheaper.

The BX200 has a limited 3-year warranty and UK MSRPs are 280GB: £66.99, 480GB: £116.99 and 960GB:£234.99, respectively. It's available at uk.crucial.com/. ®

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