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Micron Joins the Portable SSD Market with Crucial X8 Portable SSD

Whether you take your game library between PCs or want to cut down on load times on your console, a fast external drive is a good thing to have. Micron announced today that they’re entering the market with their brand new Crucial X8 Portable SSD. With read speeds of more than a GB/s, they aim to deliver premier performance for the value.

The breakdown of the drive is as follows:

  • Phenomenal read speeds up to 1,050MB/s
  • Compatible with a broad range of computers, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles
  • Stylish design with anodized aluminum unibody core
  • Drop-proof up to 7.5 feet, extreme temperature-proof, shock-proof, and vibration-proof 
  • Backed by a three-year limited warranty

Those speeds make it nearly twice as fast as a traditional SSD. This is made possible thanks to the internal NVMe memory and the USB Type-C Gen 3.2 connection. If it’s like other portable SSDs we’ve seen, connecting over USB 3.1, such as with a PS4 or Xbox One, is likely to reduce these speeds but still leave the drive much faster than a standard external solid state.        

The drive is available for pre-order now in 1TB ($189.99) and 500GB ($119.99) capacities. More information can the official Crucial website.

Christopher Coke / Chris cut his teeth on MMOs in the late 90s with text-based MUDs. He’s written about video games for many different sites but has made MMORPG his home since 2013. Today, he acts as Hardware and Technology Editor, lead tech reviewer, and continues to love and write about games every chance he gets. Follow him on Twitter: @GameByNight

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