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WD's first consumer SSDs are here – and by golly, they're cheap

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At this point, solid state drives look like they're here to stay, and Western Digital is finally getting in on the action with a new range of consumer SSDs.

The WD Blue and WD Green lines are SATA SSDs, which can be added to a laptop to improve its storage capabilities.

WD, which has thus far neglected to wholeheartedly embrace SSD technology, bought SanDisk for $19 billion in May this year.

The acquisition provided Western Digital with a large share of the SSD market, but the new Blue and Green lines will be branded as WD products, as opposed to SanDisk.

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In a statement, WD said: "The WD Blue and WD Green SSDs boast near-maximum speed of SATA drives, best-in-class endurance and MTTF and WD Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) Lab certification, resulting in quick boot times and increased program responsiveness."

In terms of specs, the WD Blue drives come in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB sizes and will be available in both 2.5-inch/7mm cases or M.2 2280 form factors.

The WD Blue SSD offers up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s sequential read and write speeds, and endurance up to 400 TBW, and is available now to "select customers".

WD has announced the Blue line will come with prices ranging from a very reasonable $79.00 (around £65) to $299.00 (around £245).

The WD Green line features 120GB and 240GB options and comes with an ultra-low power-draw and sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 405MB/s.

Available later this quarter to "select customers" in "select regions", the Green line looks set to be the more popular line, but pricing details are yet to be confirmed.

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Let us know if you'll be picking up one of WD's new SSDs in the comments.

Matthew Bunton

October 12, 2016, 4:23 pm

How is this cheap?

MontyMole

October 12, 2016, 8:01 pm

Good progress but not as good as i'd hoped for. I have 30tb (ish) in a multitude of different HDD's (about 20tb in USB drives) that i want to back up to 8tb (minimum) SSD's
I guess i'm going to have to wait another year or so.

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