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Micron Expands NVMe SSDs With Crucial P5 & P2

by Adam Armstrong
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Today Micron announced that it was expanding its line of NVMe SSDs under the Crucial banner with the introduction of the Crucial P5 and P2. The new end user drives are aimed at gamers and PC enthusiasts. Basically, the expanded P-Series aims to up performance in a cost-effective manner.

Today Micron announced that it was expanding its line of NVMe SSDs under the Crucial banner with the introduction of the Crucial P5 and P2. The new end user drives are aimed at gamers and PC enthusiasts. Basically, the expanded P-Series aims to up performance in a cost-effective manner.

Whether end users are building a new system or upgrading their old one, NVMe storage is becoming an ideal choice due to its high performance, low latency nature. A couple years back, Crucial (Micron’s global brand of memory and storage) released the P1 for a higher performat, cost-effective drive. The P1 came with QLC that has both benefits and downsides. The drives announced today, skip the QLC NAND for a high-performance focus.

Crucial p5

First up, aimed at gamers and creative professionals, is the Crucial P5. With read speeds up to 3.4GB/s and write speeds up to 3GB/s the drive can meet most needs of gaming, editing, designing, or multitasking. The P5 comes in capacities up to 2TB in an M.2 form factor. The drive has built-in reliability with MTTF of 2 million hours and built-in data security though its full-drive encryption capability. Crucial states that the drive is widely compatible as well.

Not everyone is a gamer (for some reason) or a creative professional. For those that are more in line with daily computing needs but want higher performance, there is the Crucial P2. The P2 comes with speeds up to 2.3GB/s and up to 1TB of capacity. This should be more than enough for day to day needs. The P2 is higher in capacity at a lower cost, as little as $55. This leads some to speculate that it leverages QLC. Reaching out to Micron, they confirmed that the drive currently uses Micron TLC 3D NAND technology but “over time may include a mix of Micron’s TLC and QLC NAND technologies.”

Availability

The Crucial P5 is expected to be available soon.  The Crucial  P2 is available now for as little as $55. Both are backed by a five-year warranty.

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