Crucial Unveils the X8 Portable SSD

Crucial has just unveiled the X8 Portable SSD. This light and portable SSD comes in capacities of 500 GB and 1 TB and will offer sequential transfer speeds of up to 1050 MB/s by leveraging USB 3.1 gen 2 (10 Gbps) and UASP. The drive uses a Type-C connection, although a Type-C to Type-A adapter is included but if you use it it will only operate at 5 Gbps. The drive is also not compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 ports as it needs 1.5 A of current, which older USB ports typically can’t provide.

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If you open up the drive it is essentially a Crucial P1 M.2 NVMe SSD wired to an ASMedia-made USB-to-PCIe bridge chip. The drive is compatiable with Windows PCs, Chromebooks, Mac, the iPad Pro, and Android devices that have USB 3.1. Also although it is not certified the drive will work with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and Crucial does provide support on how to get the drive working with these consoles.

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The drive is about the same size as a 4-inch smartphone and is backed by a 3-year warranty. The 1 TB version (CT1000X8SSD9) will be $164.95, with the 500 GB variant (CT500X8SSD9) being $119.95.

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