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500GB SN550, Western Digital WD Blue, NVMe Internal SSD for $49.99

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500GB SN550, Western Digital WD Blue, NVMe, M.2 2280, PCI-Express 3.0 x4, 3D NAND, Internal SSD, Model: WDS500G2B0C for $54.99 $49.99. Amazon dropped the price from $54.99 to $49.99 (the usual price is about $60.00). Shipping is free.

This is a budget or entry level NVME SSD. It has good performance, faster than a SATA IIII SSD, see https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/wd-blue-sn550 and https://www.tomshardware.com/revi...ss-ssd-yet
  • Form Factor M.2 2280
  • Memory SanDisk 96L TLC
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4
  • Faster than a SATA III SSD
  • Sequential Read 2,400 MBps
  • Sequential Write 1,750 MBps
  • Random Read 300,000 IOPS
  • Random Write 200,000 IOPS
  • Endurance (TBW) 300TBW
  • Part Number WDS500G2B0C
  • Warranty 5-Years
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This is a great SSD for those upgrading older MacBooks (Airs & Pros from 2013-2015) since this uses a Phison E12 controller. I have one of these in a 2014 MacBook Air and it's been working great, hibernation and all (on Big Sur).
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Quote from formerglory :
This is a great SSD for those upgrading older MacBooks (Airs & Pros from 2013-2015) since this uses a Phison E12 controller. I have one of these in a 2014 MacBook Air and it's been working great, hibernation and all (on Big Sur).
did you fix the hibernation? it affects 2013 and 2014 but nit the 2015 which is what i am using now.
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If you don't care the out of SLC cache speed is only 400mb, slower than the 1tb sn550 and the old 500gb sn500 (out of cache speed are more than 700mb), it's good for storage but not the system.
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Quote from xlongx :
If you don't care the out of SLC cache speed is only 400mb, slower than the 1tb sn550 and the old 500gb sn500 (out of cache speed are more than 700mb), it's good for storage but not the system.
This only matters if you're doing a lot of writes (video editing) or daily moving large files - tens of GBs - to your SSD. Typical users don't do these kind of things often enough to matter, and it's still faster than a SATA III SSD. Professional users wouldn't be looking at this drive anyway. This is a good system drive for everybody but the professional user. Read the reviews, especially customer reviews.
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It's ok deal, just a quick note, try getting 10% off at WD store through email signup, which may result in better price. They offer free shipping also.
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Good deal for an ssd thats solid by WD, can always get a 10% off in WD site as well.

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Is moving up to 1TB for 110 still a deal? (Amazon)

I know 90 is the sweet spot but I'm in a pinch for a new drive.

I plan on doing moderate video editing and gaming with the drive

Edit: bought the 500
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any NVMe external case recommendations (from personal experience)?
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Quote from joetbd :
any NVMe external case recommendations (from personal experience)?
I have had good experiences with O.rico enclosures for NVMe drives, but the only problem is that a lot of them tend to get hot during sustained copy operations and then will thermal throttle, hindering performance.

I just bought this enclosure that has a fan built in: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CDF37BX

Hopefully this solves any thermal throttling. Fingers crossed.
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Thinking of buying this for:
https://www.amazon.com/HP-590-p00...ref=sr_1_9

Any ideas on that? It has the M.2 slot for it.
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Thinking of buying this for:
https://www.amazon.com/HP-590-p00...ref=sr_1_9

Any ideas on that? It has the M.2 slot for it.
I feel you can get a little bit better For that price if you're shopping used. At least for the processor. The processer is like three generations old. Id compare with ebay.
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I feel you can get a little bit better For that price if you're shopping used. At least for the processor. The processer is like three generations old. Id compare with ebay.
Could not find one on E-Bay for less. I did find a Dell Optiplex 5040 SFF for only $129 Refurb. I may get it instead. I do not game on it anyway just web surfing and youtube. It is not a bad I5 not as good as the one for a lot more money. Enough for me. Right now I am using Lenovo Chromebook Duet and it works except with a lot of tabs. This would be much faster and it has 2 DP's and an HDMI. It comes with 8GB ddr3 and a 1GB HD but a M.2 slot for this. It has two empty slots for DDR3. It will run my 4k monitor in 4k and I could add two more monitors if I wanted to. The Duet just runs it at 1080 P 24hz.​
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i'd love to upgrade my company pc's platter drive which is a 500gb WD blue with bitlocker enabled, with this ssd, any way i can do that?
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Quote from karazi :
i'd love to upgrade my company pc's platter drive which is a 500gb WD blue with bitlocker enabled, with this ssd, any way i can do that?
If the motherboard of your company's pc can accept an NVME SSD, then this drive will work in that pc. Check on the internet whether that's possible.

If the motherboard of your company's pc can't accept an NVME SSD, then the platter drive can be replaced with a SATA III SSD, which will still provide a very nice speed bump.

The question I have for you is: Would your company allow you to replace the internal components of a company pc? It might be better to talk to your boss and have the company upgrade your pc.

Best wishes!
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