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¹As used for storage capacity, 1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes and 1TB=1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating environment
²As used for transfer speed, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations
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we're breaking down barriers and helping to foster opportunity for all. Electronics => Computers Accessories => Data Storage Western Digital 250GB WD Blue SN570 NVMe Internal Solid State Dr Guaranteed Low Prices Flag MAITE Car Cover for Lincoln Navigator All Weather Full Car Cover Sale & Clearance Chicago Mall MAITE Car Cover for Lincoln Navigator All Weather Full Car Cover I have owned, customized, and built a lot of computers over the past 30 years. Hard drives have come a long way in regards to speed and reliability. Western Digital (WD), once headquartered in Irvine, CA, and now in San Jose, has been one of the leading manufacturers.WD introduced a COLOR CODING system to help consumers determine which drives to buy.- GREEN is the lowest cost drive, and you get what you pay for: slowest performance and not the best reliability- BLUE is best used for everyday, mainstream consumer use.- BLACK takes BLUE a notch further by providing the best performance suitable for gaming, photographers, and videographers.- RED is designed for NAS (Network Attached Storage) where the drive is expected to constantly be on and could be accessed by multiple business users at the same time. As such, they are very reliable and affordable from a per-GB perspective.- PURPLE was made for digital video recording, such as surveillance, as those drives are constantly being written toMy CyberPower-made desktop gaming PC, in fact, is running two Western Digital drives: a 256GB Black NVMe M.2 and a 1TB Blue SATA 2.5" SSD. What does NVMe, SSD, SATA, and all this jargon mean?WHAT DO THEY MEAN? SATA, SSD, NVMe, M.2, etc...Hard disk drives (HDD) are mechanical devices whose performance was primarily based on the RPM (revolutions per minute) rating. They were generally 5400 or 7200 RPM (and beyond) -- the higher the number, the faster it would usually perform. As with anything mechanical, they break down over time as the components age.Flash-memory based Solid State Drives (SSD) were introduced in the 1990s and were VERY expensive. SSD promised resistance to physical shock, faster performance, lower heat output, and more silent operation. Even to this day, SSD still cost more than similarly-sized HDDs.SSD and HDD connect to your computer via multiple interfaces. Relative to this WD drive, we are only concerned with the SATA and PCIe ones.SATA can connect two drive types:1. The physically-larger 2.5" SATA SSD (nowadays used in most laptops and desktop PCs)2. SATA M.2 SSD (typically used in Mini PCs and laptops)M.2 SSD can also be connected to the newer, significantly faster PCIe interface: those drives are known as NVMe M.2 SSD.This WD drive is an NVMe M.2 SSD. Now note the "2280" number.WHAT ARE THESE NUMBERS: 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280?- The first two digits correspond to the width of the drive.- The last two are the length.In the case of this WD, it is 22mm wide and 80mm long. This is important to know, especially with Mini PCs where space is scarce. If you purchase a 2280 drive and the computer only has room for 2230, you would not be able to use the former.Let's look at the PROS and CONS of this WD Blue SN550 drive.PROS- Excellent price- Great performance at up to 2400 MB/s read (the PCIe interface is capable of up to 8 Gb/s)- VERY Easy to install. Plug in to the appropriate PCIe slot and secure with a single screw- Five year warrantyCONS- Not as fast as my existing 256GB WD Black NVMe M.2 drive or Samsung's Evo SSD line- Costs more than similar-capacity SATA HDDs (Hard disk drives)- Performance started dipping around the 15-20GB transfer markTIPS- Because this WD NVMe drive is VERY high-performance (and more expensive than SATA HDD), I suggest using it to install Windows on so it boots and works fastest. Store your other data (such as applications) on the slower SATA M.2, and rarely-used things on larger-capacity, less expensive, but slower SATA HDDs.- Before handling the WD NVMe, be sure you touch a grounded, metal object to remove static from your body. Of course, make sure the computer is powered off completely before installation.NVMe is one of the highest-performance interfaces you can connect a storage device to. Cost has steadily been coming down, and it is not difficult to recommend this WD Blue SN550 drive to the average consumer for its excellent price and great performance. It is one of the top options for budget NVMe drives.Disk drives are no doubt a bottleneck for data transfer, so it's always best to go the route that reduces potential bottlenecks whenever possible. I've posted a screenshot of a benchmark showing results for this NVME SSD, on an ASUS ROG Strix X570-e motherboard w/Ryzen 7 3700X CPU. The WD Blue SN550 does hit its performance specs for sequential read operations. Real-world performance however is only marginally better on a NVME compared to a standard SATA SSD drive. It's definitely not the pronounced difference you'd see between a mechanical HDD and a SSD, especially considering the RAM caching and other technology that has been incorporated into newer SATA SSD drives that boost their performance. The benchmark screenshot shows ridiculous high read/write MB/sec rates for sequential read/write. However, check those bottom numbers for random read/write (which is closer to real-world, rather than testing a bunch of standard disk I/O operations). Those numbers aren't too much higher than what you'd see when a SATA SSD is benchmarked.If you're expecting your Windows 10 (or Mac OS) boot times to be noticeably faster on NVME compared to booting on a standard SATA SSD, you'll be somewhat disappointed. While you may shave a few seconds off OS and loading of some apps, the overall performance improvement is only marginally better for NVME (vs SSD). If you're building a new PC however and want the best possible performance out of your OS boot drive, NVME is a good choice and it's not much more expensive than a SATA SSD. If you're considering NVME as an upgrade from SATA SSD, the performance gain is not quite substantial enough to make upgrading to NVME worth your time and effort.Overall the WD Blue SN550 is priced very well and it does perform to specs. If you're looking for a speedy boot drive, especially on a newer motherboard that has built-in M.2 NVME slots, this product is a good choice. If you're looking for large amounts of storage for media or for backup, a SATA SSD or mechanical HDD remains the better value.Very slow boot for a NVME. Speed is similar to my very old sata ssd. No instructions or clone software for the average user like myself. Only paperwork was warranty paperwork. I had to google for an hour and use a 3rd party clone software to clone my windows and backups. Horrible experience.WD for it's size, skimped out on the cloning software. You can't assume people want to reformat and start from scratch. Also, you can't assume all customers are PC mechanics. I want to return it badly. I wanted to support an American company in WD. I see why Samsung just came in and became #1 immediately.