Western Digital launches new SSD with NVMe internals

Western Digital has announced their new SSD, the WD Blue SN 500, which takes their M.2 form factor and couples it with an NVMe interface. They also added a new controller and NAND, which are the same one as in the WD Black SN750 NVMe. This architecture allows it to reach read and write speeds of 1700 MB/s and 1450 MB/s respectively. The 500 GB model is specially optimized for content creators, video editors and PC enthusiasts, while carefully balancing out the capacity and price.

The SSD comes in two capacities- 250 GB and 500 GB. It’s created with the single-sided M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x2 form factor, using a home-baked WD controller and firmware.

Western Digital has not released a 1 TB model as of now, but hopefully they will add one later due to most of their competitors offering larger capacities at SATA and PCIe/NVMe levels. The full specifications are given here-

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WD Blue SN500 specifications

The 250 GB model sells for $54.99, while the 500 GB model is priced at $77.99. These drives will carry a 5-year warranty. They can be bought from select retailers, as indicated on the product webpage.

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