Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Western Digital Announces the WD Blue and WD Green Consumer SSDs

Western Digital Corporation today announced WD Blue and WD Green solid state drives (SSDs), the first WD-branded SATA client SSDs. The new SSDs complement the company's industry leading family of hard drives for PCs and workstations, providing a full portfolio of WD storage devices for virtually any application.

The ultimate solution for building DIY PCs, extending the life of current PCs or upgrading existing storage, the WD Blue and WD Green SSDs boast near-maximum speed of SATA drives, best-in-class endurance and MTBF and WD Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) Lab certification, resulting in quick boot times and increased program responsiveness. Consumers benefit from the combination of reliable storage with an industry-leading 1.75M hours MTTF, coupled with reduced power and less heat when compared to HDDs. Both include free, downloadable, WD SSD Dashboard software, which allows continuous performance and capacity monitoring. For consumers who are looking for instant-on responsiveness, durability, low power consumption, and ultra-thin, ultramobile form factors, the WD Blue and WD Green SSDs are the perfect options.
"There is significant demand among our core WD resellers and consumers for a broad set of flash-based storage options," says Eyal Bek, senior director, Devices Bsiness Unit, Western Digital. "The expansive reach of the WD channel enables availability of a Western Digital SSD solution. We are very proud to have developed and launched WD Blue and WD Green SSDs, and believe they'll provide the instant-on, reliability and capacity benefits our customers have been demanding."

Pricing and Availability
  • WD Blue SSD: For customers looking for enhanced SATA performance, WD Blue SSDs are optimized for multitasking and resource-heavy applications. Perfect in either a notebook or desktop PC, WD Blue SSDs are available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case 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. Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from $79.00 USD to $299.00 USD and will be available immediately to select customers worldwide.
  • WD Green SSD: WD Green SSDs deliver essential-class performance, and are a great option for everyday use. Available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280 form factors, WD Green SSDs deliver an ultra-low power-draw, enabling PC users to work longer between battery charges. WD Green features sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 405MB/s and endurance up to 80TBW. WD Green SSDs will be available later this quarter to select regions and customers.
Both WD Blue SSDs and WD Green SSDs are protected by a 3-year limited warranty.
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29 Comments on Western Digital Announces the WD Blue and WD Green Consumer SSDs

#26
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Dj-ElectriC
Alright, so basically another worse-than-850evo drive. Looks like an international sport for SSD makers to come out with so many new drives that are worse than what seem like an unbeatable budget product.
Lots of those drives are cheaper tho. Here you can get 250GB drives for more than €20 less than an 850EVO
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#27
simlariver
Ubersonic
Actually they are AHCI SSDs, M.2 is just the connector type like SATA was and PATA* before it.

*EDIT*

To explain further, about 15 years ago we had IDE drives that used PATA* connectors, these were replaced by AHCI drives that used SATA connectors (which could operate in IDE mode too).

Later we started getting AHCI drives with mSATA, SATA express and PCI-E connectors, and now also M.2.

Now we have newer NVMe drives that use PCI-E, M.2 and other connectors.

* Prior to the implementation of SATA, PATA was simply referred to as ATA (I.E ATA33/ATA100)
Thanks for that.

Still, AHCI drive in M.2 look like a waste. Maybe make sence for entry level cpu without much pci-e lanes or retrofit. Is the controler that much cheaper ? Intel 600p are only a few dollars more expensive (and slightly higher capacity)
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#29
TheLostSwede
Dj-ElectriC
Alright, so basically another worse-than-850evo drive. Looks like an international sport for SSD makers to come out with so many new drives that are worse than what seem like an unbeatable budget product.
Only problem is, Samsung drives aren't available in all countries, so some of us have to make do with other products...
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