Contrary to the optics, the Crucial P1 product line didn't just pop up over the last couple of days. It was part of a several hour discussion during CES in August with select media and a room full of Micron and Crucial folks. It was around the same time we spotted what we expect to be Crucial's second NVMe SSD at Flash Memory Summit.
The point is this, around the same time the Intel SSD 660p NDA lifted and Crucial knew for several months the price of that series, $199.99 for the 1TB model. I don't understand why Crucial released the 1TB P1 at $219.99 knowing the performance is similar. The two drives are very similar with the benchmarks, accessories, and other relevant factors in a game of one-upmanship at a baby step distance.
The only thing we can think of is the long term pricing where Crucial must have a detailed plan of price decreases leading into the holiday shopping season. If the company moves away from that plan early in the release cycle, it will lessen the impact when we are all blowing up the Discover Card to put checkmarks next to family member's names. Before the end of the year, I think we will see the 1TB P1 near the current price of the 1TB MX500, around $159.99.
At its current price of $219.99, the 1TB Crucial P1 doesn't impact the consumer NVMe market. We can even argue that the Intel 660p priced at $199.99 also suffers from the same issue. That issue is the Adata SX8200 that currently sells for just $208.99 while delivering superior performance and more than three times the endurance.
As it sits today, the 1TB Crucial P1 is not a very competitive SSD for our readers as either a primary use drive, or something you buy for someone else. I don't think it will stay that way once we get deeper into the holiday shopping season. It's never going to be a great SSD, but priced appropriately we think it will a good drive for casual PC users and business travelers looking to maximize notebook battery life.
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