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500GB WD Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive EXPIRED

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Western Digital has 500GB WD Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Solid State Drive SSD (WDS500G2B0C) on sale for $42 when you apply coupon code 40OFF at checkout. Shipping is free.

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  • Faster than most solid state drives the use the older SATA III interface.
  • Sequential Read 2,400 MB/s
  • Sequential Write 1,750 MB/s
  • Endurance (TBW) 300TBW
  • 5-Year Warranty

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Yes, pretty much the top of the budget drives.

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it bears repeating that these SN550 NVMe have swapped in a slower component [tomshardware.com] starting around June of this year, so these now won't give you same performance as you'll see in older reviews.
DRAMless SSD FYI.
Wow. That's not just "swapping in a slower component". That's a bloody downgrade from TLC to QLC. It places the drive in a whole new product tier. What the hell is the point of buying a mainstream-segment "WD Blue" drive when the drive now has the performance characteristics of the budget-segment "WD Green" drive?

This is the equivalent of buying a laptop with a 6-core Ryzen 5 but actually getting something with a 4-core Ryzen 3. And saying that you won't notice the difference between the old and new WD Blue until the SLC cache runs out is the same as saying, "Oh, but most people don't have a heavily-multithreaded workload to notice the difference between a Ryzen 5 and a Ryzen 3!" So? If you bought a mid-tier product, you should be getting a mid-tier product, not a budget-tier product deceptively labeled as a mid-tier product.

If WD is having supply issues and can't make enough TLC drives, then they should be selling more WD Greens. Instead of turning their more popular WD Blues into mislabeled WD Greens and pulling a fast one on their customers.

This should be an automatic deal-breaker for everyone. This is a trash-tier QLC drive now. Avoid it.

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it bears repeating that these SN550 NVMe have swapped in a slower component [tomshardware.com] starting around June of this year, so these now won't give you same performance as you'll see in older reviews.
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DRAMless SSD FYI.
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it bears repeating that these SN550 NVMe have swapped in a slower component [tomshardware.com] starting around June of this year, so these now won't give you same performance as you'll see in older reviews.
Adata did it, so why not 😠

These were excellent drives, too.
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it bears repeating that these SN550 NVMe have swapped in a slower component [tomshardware.com] starting around June of this year, so these now won't give you same performance as you'll see in older reviews.
Glad I bought mine October last year
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Xactly
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Do SSDs tend to go on sale during Black Friday/Cyber Monday? Looking to put one of these in an external enclosure for MacBook.
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Is this a good ssd?
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Glad I bought mine October last year
Same, except mine was Sept 2020.
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Do SSDs tend to go on sale during Black Friday/Cyber Monday? Looking to put one of these in an external enclosure for MacBook.
Yes, they do.
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Anyone knows if this would work on a PS5?
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Sweet 🎂 deal.

Pop this in a fast external USB c case and you have excellent speedy backup and transfer.

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Thank you 💘
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Do SSDs tend to go on sale during Black Friday/Cyber Monday? Looking to put one of these in an external enclosure for MacBook.
The 1TB SanDisk deal for $99 is what I did. Already enclosed, great read write speeds. You'll spend more using your own enclosure usually, and the performance difference is pretty minimal unless you shell out for a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure.
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Is this a good ssd?
Yes, pretty much the top of the budget drives.
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