It’s probably not yet true, but the regular SSD which we thought was fast just yesterday is going the same way as the HDD, because of the speed at which NVMe is coming to the market, and the speed NVMe offers to users. Prices are also coming down, so everything seems to be in tune for users to opt for NVMe drives. And the fact is that even if you do not have a motherboard with a connection for NVMe drives, the market offers adapters that will give users a whole new experience in terms of speed.
Western Digital is doing its part to make this transition happen. The company 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 while maintaining, says WD, “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.“
The best NVMe SSD for most people
The new WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD leverages the scalable in-house SSD architecture of the popular WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD, which the magazine PC World considers to be the “best NVMe SSD for most people”. The new drive 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.”
Perfect for notebooks and desktop PCs
“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.”
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. Suggested price in the U.S. is $54.99 for 250GB (model number: WDS250G1B0C) and $77.99 for 500GB (model number: WDS500G1B0C). Now I just hope Western Digital also creates 1TB and 2TB models, because that’s just what I need for my new machine, which has two slots waiting to be filled with some fast NVMe SSDs.