WD Blue SN500 NVMe: the new M.2-gaming SSD for beginners
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WD Blue SN500 NVMe: the new M.2-gaming SSD for beginners

Jan Heidenreich
Zurich, on 23.04.2019
Translation: Patrik Stainbrook
Want to give your current HDD or SATA-SSD a hefty power boost, but all M.2 series top models are too expensive for you? Now Western Digital is trying to fill this hole with the WD Blue SN500. With a reading rate of 1.7 GB/s and a writing rate of 1.45 GB/s, this model lands pretty much in the middle-range of the aforementioned products.

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.

Blue SN500 (250GB, M.2 2280)
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WD Blue SN500 (250GB, M.2 2280)
Blue SN500 (500GB, M.2 2280)
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92.–
WD Blue SN500 (500GB, M.2 2280)

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.

Black SN750 Gaming (250GB, M.2 2280)
72.–
WD Black SN750 Gaming (250GB, M.2 2280)
Black SN750 Gaming (500GB, M.2 2280)
109.–
WD Black SN750 Gaming (500GB, M.2 2280)
Black SN750 Gaming (1000GB, M.2 2280)
206.–
WD Black SN750 Gaming (1000GB, M.2 2280)
Black SN750 Gaming (2000GB, M.2 2280)
430.–
WD Black SN750 Gaming (2000GB, M.2 2280)

With heatsink

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.

Black SN750 Gaming - with heatsink (500GB, M.2 2280)
123.–
WD Black SN750 Gaming - with heatsink (500GB, M.2 2280)
Black SN750 Gaming - with heatsink (1000GB, M.2 2280)
201.–
WD Black SN750 Gaming - with heatsink (1000GB, M.2 2280)
Black SN750 Gaming - with heatsink (2000GB, M.2 2280)
415.–
WD Black SN750 Gaming - with heatsink (2000GB, M.2 2280)

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.

Blue 3D NAND (250GB, M.2 2280)
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WD Blue 3D NAND (250GB, M.2 2280)
Blue 3D NAND (500GB, M.2 2280)
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WD Blue 3D NAND (500GB, M.2 2280)
Blue 3D NAND (1000GB, M.2 2280)
114.–
WD Blue 3D NAND (1000GB, M.2 2280)
Blue 3D NAND (2000GB, M.2 2280)
234.–
WD Blue 3D NAND (2000GB, M.2 2280)

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Jan Heidenreich
Jan Heidenreich
Category Buying Manager, Zurich
Hardware and PCs are my thing. I enjoy tinkering around with them but am also an avid user – you'll regularly meet on Steam. Outside of the digital world, I love playing sports involving a ball and racket. In winter, I run youth ski camps (where I spend a lot of time raising my voice to tame the gaggle of teenagers). What's more, I've been following the eSports scene for a while and am particularly taken with Dota 2. Fun fact: I adore Appenzeller Extra cheese! :)

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