It was only a matter of time, but Western Digital is finally using the fruits of their SanDisk acquisition to produce their own line of SSDs. And these should likely have all the benefits that come with SanDisk’s knowledge applied to these new SSDs from Western Digital.
Western Digital Blue and Green SSDs coming soon
They’ve got two different models to appeal to both ends of the spectrum. Here, the green doesn’t refer to power savings specifically, but is also less expensive of the two models. They tried the consumer SSD thing before, but things didn’t quite go so well back with that first attempt. Thus they were concievably biding their time until they could produce a much better product. These will build upon the manufacturing processes of SanDisk and the reputation that Western Digital has built over the years.
WD Blue SSDs are being targeted at those that need a bit more endurance and have a “workstation” type workload. This model will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB in both 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form factors. Western Digital quotes performance of up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s sequential read and write speeds, and an endurance up to 400TBW. That’s a not too terrible rating for a consumer based drive. They’ll range in price from $79 to $299 and should be available quite soon.
In what they’re calling the “essential” market they have the WD Green SSD. This will be available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and also in both 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form factors, WD Green SSDs do presumably deliver less power than the WD Blue SSD, though that remains to be seen. WD Green features sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 405MB/s and endurance up to 80 TBW, which is more than enough for most users. We’ll see these drives within this quarter. Oh, and they both have 3-year warranties, which seems to be standard in the industry.