Western Digital Releases Budget-Friendly WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD

Western Digital WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD
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Western Digital mostly focuses on developing either high-speed PCIe x4 SSD or high-capacity SATA SSD in recent years. Although SSDs’ prices are continuing dropping, it is still considered expensive to build a system solely on solid-state storage. Therefore, Western Digital releases the more budget-friendly WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD to bridge the gap.

The new WD Blue SN500 is more of a entry-level SSD (similar to the Kingston A1000 SSD we reviewed), even though it is utilizing the PCIe interface and NVMe protocol. Unlike the WD Black SN750, it only transfer its data through PCIe 3.0 x2 lanes, instead of x4. This reduces the sequential read/write speeds to 1700 MB/s and 1450 MB/s (or 1300 MB/s) respectively, which is still about three times faster than SATA-based SSDs.

You only have two capacities to choose from, 250 GB or 500 GB. The SN500 SSDs are rated at 150 TBW or 300 TBW, and come with a 5-year warranty. The 250 GB model is priced at $54.99 USD (MSRP), while the 500 GB at $77.99 USD (MSRP).

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