Essential’s 1TB MX500 SSD has hit a brand new low value
The 1TB mannequin of Essential’s MX500 SSD has plummeted in value over on Amazon UK as we speak to a brand new report low of simply £67. That is a drop of £23 in comparison with its typical value, making this beforehand £90 drive an actual SSD discount.
The Essential MX500 has lengthy been one in all our favorite finances SATA drives right here at RPS, providing nice learn and write speeds for normally rather a lot lower than our present SATA champion in our finest SSDs for gaming checklist, the Samsung 860 Evo. Certainly, as we speak’s deal on the 1TB mannequin of the MX500 strengthens that place even additional, as its new all-time low value of £67 makes it fairly a bit cheaper than its £100 Samsung rival.
At this value, it is nicely value snapping up. Beforehand, falling costs of sooner NVMe drives such because the loopy good worth WD Blue SN550 have meant finances SATA drives just like the MX500 have not been particualrly good buys in current months, particularly when the Blue SN550 has been hovering round an identical £90 value level because the 1TB MX500. Certainly, this similarity in value is partly why I took the MX500 off our greatest SSD for gaming checklist just lately, because it simply wasn’t a superb finances purchase any extra when the SN550 provided sooner speeds for a similar sum of money.
At £67, nonetheless, this 1TB SATA drive is a correct discount for these after numerous storage on a budget. Certainly, the 1TB Blue SN550 remains to be £88 at time of writing, and has solely ever dropped to a low of £80 previously yr, placing a superb little bit of distance between it and the MX500.
The one draw back of choosing a SATA drive today is that it most likely will not have the ability to make the most of Microsoft’s upcoming DirectStorage tech, which goals to chop down on sport loading occasions when it launches later this yr. To this point, DirectStorage has solely been confirmed for PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 NVMe drives at time of writing, however we nonetheless do not know what number of video games are going to help DirectStorage when it launches, or whether or not SATA drives will have the ability to make use of it both. I might think about will probably be an NVMe-only sort of deal judging by what we at present find out about it, however so long as you are proud of lacking out on that for a few of the video games you deliberate to have put in in your PC, then this MX500 deal remains to be positively value snapping up.