Posts Tagged ‘Crucial’

Best SSD 2018: Top solid state drives for gaming

Best SSDs 2018

Let’s be honest – buying an SSD can be a nightmare, which is why we’re here to help you in your quest to find the best SSD for you and your budget. If terms like mSATA and NVMe this and M.2 and PCIe that make your head spin, then you’re in the right place, as below you’ll find all of our current top picks, as well as in-depth buying advice on how to pick your next SSD.

This list is constantly being updated as we get new SSDs in for testing, and we’re always doing our best to keep an eye on SSD prices, too, so some entries may change from time to time simply because they’re suddenly cheaper (and therefore better value) than our previous category winner. Whether it’s for general performance or the fastest speeds money can buy, we’ve got you covered.

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Best DDR4 RAM 2018: Our top memory for gaming and buying guide

Best DDR4 RAM 2018

Let’s face it, RAM isn’t the most exciting part of any PC build, but getting the right type, the right amount and the right speed can make a difference to how your system performs. Plus, the latest RAM even has RGB lighting. Here you’ll find our comprehensive guide to what to look for when buying RAM for your system, plus our pick of the best options for a range of budgets. Read the rest of this entry »

3D-print your own RGB light bar with Ballistix’s new DDR4 RAM

Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM

Just when you thought the pinnacle of RAM madness was chucking a load of LED lights into the mix, Crucial, or rather their gaming-orientated Ballistix division, have gone one step further. Say hello to the 3D-printable Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 gaming RAM. That’s right. You can 3D-print your own light bar onto each 8GB or 16GB module – and you can do it right now. Read the rest of this entry »

Crucial MX500 review: Better value than Samsung’s 850 Pro SSD

Crucial MX500

The MX500 is Crucial’s first SSD with flashy new 64-layer 3D NAND memory. This means that the data storage cells inside are stacked on top of one another, 64 deep. In comparison to 2D NAND, which only has a single layer of cells, 3D NAND has much higher storage density. This opens the door to potentially huge storage capacities, as well as making the NAND itself cheaper to produce for a certain capacity.

But why, you may ask, am I reviewing Crucial’s latest SSD tech in an old-school 2.5in SSD? Wouldn’t an NVMe drive’s faster interface give the NAND more of a chance to shine? In short, yes, it would. But not everyone has a motherboard with the requisite NVMe-compatible M.2 slot. After all, motherboards with M.2 slots only started appearing less than three years ago, and as long as my nearly-six-year-old gaming PC can still play The Witcher 3 at 60fps, it ain’t going anywhere. So let’s see what the new Crucial MX500 is capable of, and whether it can upset our previously established list of Best SSDs.

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Crucial BX300 review: Inexpensive and fast enough

Crucial BX300

If you’re still running your programs and games off a hard disk, do yourself a favour and get an SSD. They’re (still) not cheap, but they’re the best way to make your PC feel fast and responsive. They’re silent, too, and take up less room in your case. We’ve extolled the virtues of SSDs in our SSD Buying Guide, which has a few recommended drives, but Crucial has sent me a potential bargain for review: the BX300.

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Week in Tech: SSD Update. Just Buy One

It’s been many moons since our last update on solid state of play. And now the SSD game finds itself in a bit of an odd spot. It seems like we’re on the cusp of a big transition, what with new PCI Express-based interfaces on the horizon. At the same time, existing SATA III drives feel like they’ve finally grown up, decided to give the ‘rents a rest and started behaving reliably and responsibly. The tech has matured and the end user experience is converging on something subjectively ‘good enough’. Just pick a drive at random from one of the decent outfits and you’re good to go. Then again, wouldn’t it be bloody annoying if you bought an SSD today only to find the entire market turned on its head by super-fast drives in the space of a month or three. What should you make of it all? Read on, chaps, read on… Read the rest of this entry »