You probably wouldn't think that Micron,the company that makes memory and storage drives releasing a Crucial MX300 750GB SSD would be such a big deal, but it is. Its a big deal because its the second company to manufacture a SSD that has incorporated 3D NAND technology, Samsung being the first to achieve such feat.
Before we move right along, let me lend a little bit of knowledge and tell you what exactly is 3D NAND. 3D NAND flash is a type of flash memory where you have memory cells stacked vertically in multiple layers, that's all you need to know from a physical structure standpoint. Flash manufacturers main reason in developing the 3D NAND was to address certain challenges that were encountered with 2D Planar technology, with 3D NAND you have greater achievements in higher density at low cost per bit. So now you see why Micron unveiling their 3D NAND SSD is such a big deal.
Micron strategy in how they present their 3D NAND technology is very different from Samsung, the Crucial MX300 will be more affordable for the mainstream consumer SSD based on 3D TLC NAND technology, making this a strong rival to Samsung's own 850 EVO. Micron is also different from Samsung in that it has teamed up with Intel to produce more updated flash memory, their 3D NAND still uses a floating gate design, creating a easy two step process. As a result of having this design, the capacity is much different. Micron 32-layer 3D NAND is an MLC part capacity at 256Gb and TLC part is 384Gb, oppose to Samsung debuting its 3D NAND with a 32-layer with a much smaller 86Gb MLC die and 128Gb MLC.
For the budget conscious builder looking for that SSD at the budget price, then the Crucial MX300 is your best option, especially when you're getting 750GB of storage for just $199.99 This is a steal in comparison to the Samsung EVO 740 priced at $319 on Amazon. Thus far as I finalize this post, the only one selling this SSD is Crucial of course which you can order on their website.