Western Digital has just announced a refresh to their NVMe based WD Blue SSD series. The WD Blue SN500 would now be replaced by the new WD Blue SN550. The SN550 is different from the previous product as it features a new controller and a new NAND chip. Thereby providing better performance and memory capacity compared to the erstwhile chip. First reported by AnandTech the new SSD is soon to arrive in the markets.
WD Blue SN550 SSD specifications
The WD Blue SN500 was WD’s first retail entry-level NVMe based SSD. It was based on their OEM product the SN520. The SN500 provided great performance when we keep in mind that it was a DRAMless NVMe SSD. The power efficiency on that SSD was also great.
The SN550 builds upon the strengths of the previous product. It offers better power efficiency and the performance has also been improved. The sequential transfer speeds can now hit a peak of 2.4GB/S compared to the previous figure of 1.7GB/S for the SN500 model. The thermal design of this model has also been improved. There will also be a 1 TB option present for this specific SSD. It’s now using WD’s TLC NAND dies.
The Western Digital Blue SN550 comes with WD’S standard 5-year warranty, 0.3 DWPD warranty and right now the prices seem a bit high. But maybe some sort of price correction is going to happen soon.
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