What you need to know
- Western Digital announces new family of Blue SN550 NVMe SSDs.
- These new NVMe SSDs are PCIe Gen 3, not PCIe Gen 4.
- The Western Digital SN550 series is available right now in the U.S.
Western Digital announced the launch of its new Blue SN550 NVMe SSD family of drives succeeding the SN500 series. This next generation of NVMe SSDs from Western Digital are capable of transfer speeds of up to 2,400MB/s (up from 1,700MB/s for the SN500) and come rocking improved thermal design to help maintain sustained performance during use. These new drives are built and designed for creators.
As well as a five-year warranty from Western Digital, the SN550 SSD can be purchased in capacities ranging from 250GB and 1TB and are set to offer good value with aggressive pricing. Availability in the U.S. commences right now, so you'll be able to pick up a new NVMe drive for your OS or apps and games. While these drives don't support PCIe Gen 4, there aren't many platforms available now that take advantage of the increased performance.
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