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Western Digital launches inexpensive SN500 NVMe SSD for the masses

Western Digital launches inexpensive SN500 NVMe SSD for the masses (Source: Western Digital)
Western Digital launches inexpensive SN500 NVMe SSD for the masses (Source: Western Digital)
NVMe technology is slowly trickling down to more affordable SSDs. The WD Blue SN500 will performance faster than any other drive before it in its family while costing less than a high-end WD Black SSD.

In contrast to the enthusiast Western Digital Black and budget Western Digital Green series, the middle-ground WD Blue series is home to general purpose storage drives appropriate for most home users. It wasn't until today, however, that the WD Blue series would get its first M.2 2280 NVMe solution.

Called the WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD, the manufacturer is promising 3x the performance of a traditional Blue SATA SSD with sequential read and write rates of up to 1700MB/s and 1450MB/s, respectively. The drive utilizes the same 3D NAND technology as the pricier WD Black SN750.

The catch, however, is that the SN500 NVMe SSD will be limited to PCIe Gen. 3 x2 speeds whereas pricier NVMe SSDs have the full PCIe Gen. 3 x4 bandwidth. The faster Samsung 970 EVO, for example, provides theoretical sequential read and write rates of up to 3500 and 2500 MB/s, respectively.

The WD SN500 NVMe begins at $55 USD for the 250 GB model and $77 for the 500 GB model which will hopefully mean more affordable laptops and tablets with NVMe solutions in the near future. Check out the official product page for the drive here.

SAN JOSE, CA - Mar. 14, 2019 –Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), a global data infrastructure leader, is accelerating the NVMe transition of value-PC storage by adding an NVMe™ model to its award-winning WD Blue® solid state drive (SSD) portfolio, the WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD. The new SSD delivers three times the performance of its SATA counterpart[1] while maintaining the reliability the WD Blue product line is known for. For content creators and PC enthusiasts, the WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD is optimized for multitasking and resource-heavy applications, providing near-instant access to files and programs.

     Leveraging the scalable in-house SSD architecture of the highly acclaimed WD Black® SN750 NVMe SSD, the new WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD is also built on Western Digital’s own 3D NAND technology, firmware and controller, and delivers sequential read and write speeds up to 1,700MB/s and 1,450MB/s respectively (for 500GB model) with efficient power consumption as low as 2.7W.* Since demands on storage are continuing to grow and client workloads are evolving, the WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD features high sustained write performance over SATA as well as other emerging technologies on the market today to give that performance edge. 

     “The PC industry continues its transition from SATA to the NVMe protocol, along with the expectation from consumers that computers continue to become faster and more responsive,” said Don Jeanette, TrendFocus. “Within the mainstream segment, content creators are consistently doing more, such as editing 4K or 8K video files, creating and streaming content, and managing massive amounts of data internally. The new WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD will enable larger file loads that require faster storage.”

     “Content transitioning from 4K and 8K means it’s a perfect time for video and photo editors, content creators, heavy data users, and PC enthusiasts to transition from SATA to NVMe,” said Eyal Bek, vice president marketing, data center and client computing, Western Digital. “The WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD will enable customers to build high-performance laptops and PCs with fast speeds and enough capacity in a reliable, rugged and slim form factor.”


Pricing and Availability

     Perfect in slim form factor notebooks or desktop PCs, the WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD will be available in 250GB and 500GB capacities in a single-sided M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x2 form factor. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) in the U.S. is $54.99 USD for 250GB (model number: WDS250G1B0C) and $77.99 USD for 500GB (model number: WDS500G1B0C). For more information, visit the website: Western Digital

*As used for transfer speed, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations.


About Western Digital

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital® data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk®, Upthere™ and WD®



Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, WD Black and WD Blue are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. The NVMe™ mark is a registered trademark of NVM Express, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. As used for storage capacity, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. Product specifications subject to change without notice. Pictures shown may vary from actual products. Not all products are available in all regions of the world.


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Allen Ngo, 2019-03-14 (Update: 2019-03-14)