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Western Digital: first WD Blue NVMe SSD is three times faster

Western Digital is speeding up the adoption of NVMe, by introducing a WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD to its WD Blue SSD portfolio line. The 500GB drive costs only $77.99 and is three times faster.

Western Digital: first WD Blue NVMe SSD is three times faster

The new WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD announced by Western Digital is a good choice for editing 4K or 8K video files, creating and streaming content, and managing massive amounts of data internally.

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.“

Western Digital: first WD Blue NVMe SSD is three times faster

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.”

Western Digital: first WD Blue NVMe SSD is three times faster

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.


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I think I’ll stick with the Samsung 970 EVO Plus since it’s read and write speeds run significantly faster at 3,500 megabytes per second (MB/s) and up to 3,300 MB/s

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If you need the speed, it’s probably the right choice. But if you don’t, and this is already fast over regular SATA that were the only option available on the WD Blue line, the price is interesting: the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB costs $89.99, while the WD NVMe with 500GB costs $77.99. And this just points to the future tendency as NVMe becomes the new normal.

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I’m using them strictly for the Cache drive for Adobe Premiere and After Effects. I use a 21 dollar adapter to be able to run it directly from a PCIe slot.
It’s only job is to read and write Cache files as fast as it can.
It has provided us with some nice performance improvements on the machines I have them installed on.

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Good solution and just goes to show you can have NVMe even if your original motherboard does not offer it. And as apparently you’ll need the speed, nothing beats the Samsung 970 EVO Plus.