The 500GB Crucial P1 isn't the perfect SSD for all users, but it's not too far off from being a very good drive for many. The main issue with this drive right now is the price. The performance is better than we expected to see, but on the other side of the coin, the endurance is lower than we hoped to get.
The 500GB Crucial P1 is a strong SSD for most users, but it's not a design that enthusiasts want. Crucial wants this to be the new standard for entry-level NVMe, and we would welcome this level of performance in that role.
To successfully make that happen Crucial can't realistically sell the P1 for the same price as the Adata SX8200. In the two P1 capacities we've tested, the SX8200 with an 8-channel controller, TLC memory, and a 3x endurance advantage costs the same or only slightly more.
SSD prices have dropped around 50% since the start of the year, and the downward spiral will not stop in the near future. Every week a different drive either new or an older design will take the low price crown. The quality at the time will vary so shoppers should wait until the drive they want is at an acceptable price. At this time the 500GB P1 is simply not competitively priced with the other products on the market. We do expect that to change but only as we get closer to the holiday shopping season. We expect to see the P1 series sold with deep discounts.
For enthusiasts, the good news is that QLC has a future. The performance we saw today is much better than the early planar TLC from 2015 and even better than the last planar TLC that was so bad in some cases it plagued the reputation of 3-bit per cell media until we were two generations deep in 3D technology. If this is the worst QLC we will ever see, the technology has a bright future.
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