Solid-state drives are a fantastic upgrade for any computer, but the relative high price means larger capacities require an exorbitant monetary committment. Some SSDs are around $1/GB, which would mean a 1TB drive is going to set you back at least $1,000. However, Micron is changing all of that with a new SSD priced under $600. The Crucial M500 1TB SSD is only $599, with 960GB of usable data. That puts it right around $0.60/GB, which is even less than other SSDs below $1/GB. Micron has packed all that storage size into a 2.5" form factor and uses its densest NAND flash chips to acheive the feat. The company claims its 128Gbit-sized chips are an industry first.
There are three versions of the Crucial M500; an M.2 SATA card, a miniSATA card, and the 2.5" SSD. All are available in 120, 240, and 480GB capacities, but the 2.5" version is the only one with the 1TB size. Only the pricing on that size is available, but hopefully Micron announces the rest before long. The 2.5" Crucial M500 SSD is expected to arrive in the first quarter of this year, with the M.2 SATA and miniSATA arriving in the second quarter.