Biostar M500: new SSD M.2 NVMe with up to 1 TB and temperature sensor

Biostar M500 review and specifications

The manufacturer of solid storage devices, Biostar, has presented its new M.2 SSD, the M500. This new device will be characterized by having a temperature sensor installed in its integrated heatsink, to monitor operating temperatures and detect when they are too high. The new M500 will also make use of the PCIe bus on the motherboard.

We have already commented in previous articles, that one of the main problems of the SSD M.2 units, especially those that use the NVMe protocol, are the high operating temperatures that can reach when you are demanding enough of them. It is for this reason, that they began to develop thermal shields for these devices. Both those sold individually, as those that are integrated or sold together with the accessories of the motherboard itself.

The problem with the high temperatures in this type of units is that it can end up causing the unit to thermal throttling, considerably lowering its performance to try to protect the hardware that is composed of a possible catastrophic failure that makes the unit completely useless. The idea of including a temperature sensor in the thermal shield seems like a fantastic idea, so that the user knows, with a simple glance, what are the temperatures at which the unit is working on their equipment.

The new Biostar M500 is manufactured using NAND Flash type 3D TLC memory and uses the NVMe protocol. It connects to the PCIe bus on the motherboard using two data paths, which gives a maximum read speed of 1700 MB / s and 1100 MB / s when it comes to writing, at least for the larger capacity model, which is 1 TB. As an internal cache, these new storage units use DDR3 or DDR3L RAM, although the manufacturer has not specified the amount used.

The new M.2 NVMe SSD from Biostar will have four versions with different storage capacities and prices each:

Biostar M500-128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD: $ 59
Biostar M500-256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD: $ 99
Biostar M500-512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD: $ 149
Biostar M500-1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD: 269 dollars

These prices are very much in the downline we are seeing lately for solid storage units, and surely many users are considering acquiring one of these models. It only takes that the prices of the units of 1 TB decrease enough so that they begin to implant like the norm.

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