WD Blue SN500 NVMe: the new M.2-gaming SSD for beginners
While the previously mentioned increase in capacity at a moderate price is definitely the WD Blue SN500’s greatest advantage, you shouldn’t ignore its other great traits: • 5 years of manufacturer warranty. • Custom WD controller. • SDD dashboard software to monitor your SSD’s health. • low power consumption in comparison to other 2.5" SATA-SSDs.
WD Blue SN500 (NVMe)
So, here are the new 250 GB and 500 GB models. If you need a bit more power, there’s always the WD Black SN750, which offers up a more than noticeable increase in speed.
WD Black SN750, the top model
In case the SN500 is still too slow for you and you only want the fastest WD product available, here’s the WD Black (SN750) range. These will give you reading rates up to 3.47 GB/s and writing rates up to 3 GB/s, about double of what the SN500 is capable. Your games will load just that much quicker.
Heatsinks are mostly used during long phases of reading or writing in order to not reach a temperature limit. This should guarantee longer phases of maxed out speeds.
WD Blue 3D NAND (SATA)
If you’re looking for a budget option but still want to switch to a M.2 SSD in order to avoid cable issues (or if you’re notebook doesn’t have 2.5” of free space), then there’s still something here for you. This SSD series uses an AHCI protocol (SATA), which is why it’s only limited to a data rate of 560 MB/s.
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