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WD Blue SSDs: 500GB SN550 NVME $50, 500GB 2.5" SATA EXPIRED

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Amazon has Select WD Blue Solid State Drives on sale for the prices listed below. Shipping is free.

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Available Options:
  • WD Blue 2.5" SATA III:
  • WD Blue SN550 NVME:
    • 500 GB $49.99
      • Note: In Stock Soon
Newegg also has Select WD Blue Solid State Drives on sale for the prices listed below. Shipping is free.

Available options:
  • WD Blue 2.5" SATA III:
  • WD Blue SN550 NVME:
SATA Features:
  • Sequential Read 560MB/s
  • Sequential Write 530MB/s
  • Random Read (IOPS) 95K
  • Random Write (IOPS) 4 TB Model: 82K; 500 Gb, 1 TB, 2 TB Models: 84K
  • Endurance (TBW)
  • 500 GB Model: 200 TBW
  • 1 TB Model: 400 TBW
  • 2 TB Model: 500 TBW
  • 4 TB Model: 600 TBW
  • 3-Year Warranty
NVME Features:
  • Faster than a SATA III SSD
  • Sequential Read 2,400 MBps
  • Sequential Write 1,750 MBps
  • Random Read (IOPS) 300,000 IOPS
  • Random Write (IOPS) 200,000 IOPS
  • Endurance (TBW) 300TBW
  • 5-Year Warranty

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Select WD Blue SSDs are on sale at Amazon

WD Blue 2.5" SATA III:
Performance (WD Blue SATA Data Sheet [westerndigital.com])
  • Sequential Read 560MB/s
  • Sequential Write 530MB/s
  • Random Read (IOPS) 95K
  • Random Write (IOPS) 4 TB Model: 82K; 500 Gb, 1 TB, 2 TB Models: 84K
  • Endurance (TBW)
  • 500 GB Model: 200 TBW
  • 1 TB Model: 400 TBW
  • 2 TB Model: 500 TBW
  • 4 TB Model: 600 TBW
  • 3-Year Warranty

WD Blue SN550 NVME:
500 GB $49.99 [amazon.com] In stock soon but can still order.

Performance
  • Faster than a SATA III SSD
  • Sequential Read 2,400 MBps
  • Sequential Write 1,750 MBps
  • Random Read (IOPS) 300,000 IOPS
  • Random Write (IOPS) 200,000 IOPS
  • Endurance (TBW) 300TBW
  • 5-Year Warranty
WD Blue SN550 NVME:
https://www.amazon.com/Blue-SN550...r_1_1?th=1


WD Blue SATA SSDs;
https://www.amazon.com/Blue-NAND-...r_1_3?th=1
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I'm guessing people are considering these tier D based on the lack of DRAM cache. They are not marketed as high performance like the WD Black series.
Relative to a mechanical hard drive it'll be way faster. Relative to other SSDs it may be faster or slower but the difference will be much smaller.
Blue SATA is probably the same as the variable BOM Sandisk SSD Plus drives. I have multiple of those used as replacements for mechanical drives and they've been fine.
Blue SN550 NVMe has gotten fairly good reviews as one of the fastest DRAMless drives. Example [tomshardware.com]from Tom's hardware. It's uses HMB so it will use up some of you system RAM though.
Why do you categorize this as tier D? I've used WD blue for over 6 years now. Zero issues.

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Why do you categorize this as tier D? I've used WD blue for over 6 years now. Zero issues.
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Holding out for WD Blacks on sale, but thanks for the heads up!

EDIT: SN750 1TB is $119.99 right now [amazon.com]
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I'm guessing people are considering these tier D based on the lack of DRAM cache. They are not marketed as high performance like the WD Black series.
Relative to a mechanical hard drive it'll be way faster. Relative to other SSDs it may be faster or slower but the difference will be much smaller.
Blue SATA is probably the same as the variable BOM Sandisk SSD Plus drives. I have multiple of those used as replacements for mechanical drives and they've been fine.
Blue SN550 NVMe has gotten fairly good reviews as one of the fastest DRAMless drives. Example [tomshardware.com]from Tom's hardware. It's uses HMB so it will use up some of you system RAM though.
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Quote from MagentaJuice3686 :
These will last 1-2 months mining chia Wink
Definitely not built for chia mining. It's a good choice for normal PC usage
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Quote from poorgrad :
I'm guessing people are considering these tier D based on the lack of DRAM cache. They are not marketed as high performance like the WD Black series.
Relative to a mechanical hard drive it'll be way faster. Relative to other SSDs it may be faster or slower but the difference will be much smaller.
Blue SATA is probably the same as the variable BOM Sandisk SSD Plus drives. I have multiple of those used as replacements for mechanical drives and they've been fine.
Blue SN550 NVMe has gotten fairly good reviews as one of the fastest DRAMless drives. Example [tomshardware.com]from Tom's hardware. It's uses HMB so it will use up some of you system RAM though.
The wd blue 2.5 sata have dram. The sn550 m.2 sata do not.
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I would wait for sale on MX500 (maybe Prime Day deal?)
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The wd blue 2.5 sata have dram. The sn550 m.2 sata do not.
I could not find anything about the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA drives having DRAM or not. However, performance actually seems to be decent according to this review [tomshardware.com]. That shows it's close to a Samsung 850 Evo. Hopefully, WD has not messed with the BOM lower performance since that review in 2017.

These are actually also sold as the Sandisk Ultra 3D SSD. I had forgotten that WD has the even lower performance Green line.

In any case, I'm still wondering if / when we'll ever get back to the ~$80 1TB NVMe pricing from around Nov 2019. That was drives like the SX8200 with DRAM too.
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Definitely not built for chia mining. It's a good choice for normal PC usage
Yeah, what I mean is that it's unlikely to be instantly bought out by miners, so hopefully available isn't too terrible.

do note that if you play games, some bad multiplayer anticheats will write multiple terabytes in one game session
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