It's time to leave all hard drives behind. You don't have to upgrade to the latest and greatest with NVMe technology, but even your basic storage can be an SSD at this point thanks to how inexpensive some options are. You can get a 1TB Crucial MX500 solid state drive down to $84.99 at Newegg when you use the code SS2AZ9A525 during checkout. This is one of Newegg's Shell Shocker deals, which makes it a very temporary sale. We have seen the MX500 go on sale in the past, but it has never dropped this low before. The same drive is still going for $100 or more at other retailers like Amazon.
I think this is a great pickup for an SSD, and there's a couple of good reasons you might want it. Of course, the biggest reason is that you don't currently have an SSD. If you're still playing games from a hard drive or don't even have a boot SSD for your operating system, you absolutely should grab this one. The price is wonderfully inexpensive and you'll get an instant boost in loading times.
Another reason to grab this SSD is because you have upgraded already, but you couldn't really get a whole lot of capacity since SSDs seem to increase in price exponentially the more space you go for. This is a 1TB drive. That's enough to store your operating system, a bunch of games, a bunch of media like photos and video, and load it all with great speed.
The MX500 has read and write times of 560 MB/s and 510 MB/s respectively. That's not quite as fast as an M.2 NVMe solid state drive, but it's definitely not bad compared to a normal hard drive. It also has this Power Loss Immunity feature that preserves your work even if you suddenly lose power. There's also hardware encryption to secure your data and a 5-year warranty from Crucial.
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