Crucial reveals their P1 series of M.2 NVMe QLC SSDs

QLC is coming to the masses

Crucial reveals their P1 series of M.2 NVMe QLC SSDs

Crucial reveals their P1 series of M.2 NVMe QLC SSDs

QLC-powered SSDs are coming the mainstream market, courtesy of Crucial and their new P1 series of M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives. QLC NAND promises end-users lower prices, offering a 33% boost in capacity per NAND cell, a factor which allows manufacturers to increase the maximum amount of flash storage that can be produced from a single silicon wafer.      

With the new P1 series of NVMe SSDs, Crucial is using Micron QLC NAND alongside a "unique SLC cache implementation" to deliver "unwavering performance" using a technique called "hybrid-dynamic write acceleration".

With these drives, Crucial plans to deliver 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models, all of which feature a 5-year limited warranty. Crucial's 500GB and 1TB models will be available starting today for £100.79 and £201.59 respectively on Crucial's website (Link). 

The table below details the P1's read/write performance, with high capacity models offering increased levels of throughput. 

Crucial reveals their P1 series of M.2 NVMe QLC SSDs

Crucial sees QLC-NAND becoming an important part of their SSD lineup, especially in an era where single games can take up over 100GB of storage space. The levels of speed and performance offered by the Crucial P1 series will be difficult to match at this drive's current pricing, though we will have to wait and see how much Crucial's P1 series will cost at retailers, before making any conclusions on the product's value proposition. 

Another factor that is worth considering is how much this drive relies on SLC caching, and how this QLC-powered driver performs under sustained writes. Will the Crucial P1 have similar shortcomings to Intel's 660p?

Crucial reveals their P1 series of M.2 NVMe QLC SSDs  

You can join the discussion on Crucial's P1 series of 3D QLC NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs on the OC3D Forums.   

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