The Essential MX500 is among the finest gaming SSDs within the SATA class in my books, proper alongside the legendary Samsung 870 Evo. That is as a result of the SSD gives glorious efficiency whereas working throughout the confines of the SATA interface, with easy TLC NAND flash and a DRAM-equipped design that ensures sturdy sustained efficiency – one thing missing in QLC DRAM-less designs.

In the present day, the Essential MX500 in its 2TB capability is all the way down to $102.99 at Amazon US, making it almost 50% off its MSRP and the bottom value we have ever recorded.

Whereas NVMe drives supply higher efficiency, not each laptop has a free NVMe slot – or certainly, any NVMe slots in any respect. In these conditions, the MX500 is a powerful alternative and may function effectively as an OS drive, recreation storage drive, media drive or all the above. The 2TB of storage offered right here is actually ample for nearly something, whereas the 560MB/s learn speeds and 510MB/s write speeds are quick sufficient for many use circumstances – we would solely actually counsel an NVMe drive is important for duties like 4K video enhancing/capturing or DirectStorage video games like Forspoken. For all the pieces else, the MX500 ought to serve you effectively – I’ve actually discovered it dependable in my time with it!

Is that this a helpful deal for you, or are you all aboard the NVMe practice? Let me know within the feedback and keep tuned for extra offers tomorrow as we shut out the week!