SSDs have come down in price over the last decade, but more advanced NVMe modules remain out of reach for many consumers. Western Digital is looking to challenge that by offering exceptional read and write speeds for the price. The company has updated its Blue family of flash storage to include the new SN500 NVMe SSD, based on the in-house architecture featured in the WD Black NVMe range.
This new storage module offers three times the performance of its SATA Blue counterpart, that's how much of an upgrade NVMe is compared against a traditional 2.5-inch SATA SSD. Geared towards content creators and PC enthusiasts, the new NVMe from Western Digital has been optimized for resource-intensive applications thanks to the read and write speeds of up to 1,700MB/s and 1,450MB/s, respectively. It can do all this using just 2.7W of power.
Where this NVMe SSD will turn heads is the price. The 250GB variant starts at $55, while the 500GB model will set you back $78. Coupled with a five-year warranty from Western Digital and you have quite the fast storage solution at a budget-friendly price. The SN500 is available for purchase right now.
Value-driven NVMe storage from WD
Western Digital is renown for its reliable storage, be it in mechanical hard drives or SSDs and now the company is taking its trusty Blue family of SSDs into the realm of super-fast NVMe storage. The new NS500 from WD offers great value for those looking to up their SSD game.
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If you are wondering why the speed is about half that of other NVMe drives, it's because this drive is only PCIe Gen3 x2 whereas others like the Samsung EVO 970 are PCIe Gen3 x4.
That is why it has that notch in the circuit board since it only uses 2 lanes of PCIe instead of 4.
For bulk storage however, it's plenty fast, and the price is great at only $78 for a 500 GB drive vs. $120 for a WD SN750 that is PCIe Gen3 x4.
Does it also occupy less PCI lanes?
I said: "$120 for a WD SN750 that is PCIe Gen3 x4." The x4 means it uses FOUR PCIe lanes. The WD SN750 is a very good NVMe drive, right up there with the Samsung EVO 970 Plus. Both have better write tolerance at 600TB compared to the SN500 which is only 300TB. The Samsung is only a few bucks more expensive than the SN750.
And for like 10 bucks more than this 500gb model you can get an hp ex920 500gb x4 that runs a solid benchmark with low latency. Like $88 on Amazon and $85 on newegg right now
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