The next-generation WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD is here aiming to deliver blazing fast speeds, reliable performance, and durability at a fraction of the cost. The drive is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities in an affordable M.2 2280 form factor starting at just $54.99.
So, whether you are looking to add some additional storage to your laptop or you want to build a brand new video editing workstation from scratch, the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD will allow you to get a decent amount of storage space in an efficient manner while giving you the best bang for your buck.
Furthermore, the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD can deliver over four times the speed of Western Digital’s fastest SATA drives while boasting speeds of up to 2,400MB/s which makes it ideal for resource-heavy applications such as 4K/8K video editing in real-time. The unit also features PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and has write endurance of 600 TBW while using WD’s 64-layer 3D NAND flash memory.
Keep in mind, though, that unlike the faster Black SN750 NVMe SSD, the drive doesn’t come with DRAM cache which should result in somewhat lower endurance, but when you consider the unrivaled price of just $99 per 1TB, this drawback doesn’t seem to be a deal-breaker whatsoever.
Purposefully built for content creators, the SN550 promises better rates enabled by a move up to four PCIe lanes when compared to the predecessor the SN500, thus increasing sequential transfer speeds from 1.7GB/s on the SN500 to 2.4GB/s on the SN550.
Additionally, the budget-oriented NVMe drive comes with an upgraded thermal design that enables ultra-responsive and more reliable performance during intense use.
WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD Specifications
Capacity 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
Form Factor M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4
Controller WD in-house
NAND Flash Western Digital/SanDisk 96L 3D TLC
Sequential Read 2400 MB/s
Sequential Write 950 MB/s, 1750 MB/s, 1950 MB/s
Random Read 170k IOPS, 300k IOPS, 410k IOPS
Random Write 135k IOPS, 240k IOPS, 405k IOPS
Warranty: 5 years
Write Endurance 150TB, 300TB, 600TB
Price: $54.99, $64.99, $99.99
Best of all, the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD is backed by a 5-year warranty which is another nice surprise given that it’s an entry-level SSD drive boasting the latest NVMe technologies on board.