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WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State Drive - WDS500G2B0A

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https://www.newegg.com/western-di...6820250087

Most of the other WD Blue SSD's & M.2 drives are on sale, also. Didn't try the code with them, but it might work.
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According to my googling this has dram cache meaning it is suitable for os use.

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/rev...w-3673445/
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Thank you OP! You may want to add in there that you need to be signed up for their newsletter to get the deal.
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Quote from rebelfluff
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According to my googling this has dram cache meaning it is suitable for os use.

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/rev...w-3673445/
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And this doesn't?
https://www.microcenter.com/produ...rive-(480g)
I wouldn't trust any of these companies anymore in regards to DRAM. They change the features of the drives but keep the same or very similar name, sometimes just changing the actual model number. It looks like even with the WD "Blue 3D NAND" (model number ending in 2B0A), the 500gb and under models have DRAM, while 1TB and above are DRAM-Less. (I tried to do a quick search but couldn't find a review with more info than this so not really sure if its 100% accurate).
https://www.techarp.com/reviews/1...sd-review/

DRAM seems to have a notable impact on the price and performance of the drive, so I dont understand why it isn't listed in the specifications. According to their detailed spec page though, WD says all the 3D Blue SSDs are very close in terms of performance, and the lifespan goes up with capacity as one would expect.

I'm not an expert on this but my understanding is that DRAM-less end up writing a lot more than drives with DRAM. So while the "rated lifespan" could be the same for two otherwise identical drives, the disk usage for similar use cases will increase with DRAM-less thus shortening the effective life of the drive. On a brighter note, I think most of the complaints about DRAM-less were with slower NAND than the now widely available 3D NAND.
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This WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB is a good SSD. The Sandisk Ultra 3D 500GB is the same drive with a different name. WD bought Sandisk some years ago.

Stick with the 500GB.
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As always, if you don't have to buy a SSD now, better wait.

The drive manufacturers are slowly milking the consumers. It's like the hard drive situations several years ago all over again. They had 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB for many years. Now, no one is buying those small hard drives.
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Thanks got one
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