Crucial this week made two announcements. Its MX300 family of 3D NAND-based consumer-grade SSDs has been expanded with additional models, and also Crucial revealed plans to start sales of its MX300 drives in the M.2 form-factor. The family of affordable SSDs now includes models with 275 GB, 525 GB, 750 GB and 1 TB of usable NAND flash. In addition, Crucial intends to roll out a 2 TB version of its MX300 in the near future and has already disclosed its specs. The Crucial MX300 SSDs are based on the company’s first-generation 32-layer 3D TLC NAND as well as Marvell’s 88SS1074 controller. Just like other MX-series drives, the new devices fully support encryption, pseudo-SLC caching for faster writes, partial power loss protection and a three-year...

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