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Published on December 11th, 2019 | by Andrew Bistak

Western Digital’s WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD Delivers up to 4x the Speed of SATA SSD

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) is capable of delivering up to four times the speed of SATA SSDs with the new WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD. The newest member of the award-winning WD Blue portfolio, as well as another performance-focused NVMe SSD, is purpose-built for content creators and PC users, allowing them to boot faster and work smarter.

Supports the Four Core Storage Demands

Today’s content creators use data storage at ever-increasing rates. Whether it’s working with 4K/8K video, large document files or storage-intensive applications, these digital environments demand reliable performance, durability, speed, and capacity that the NVMe interface can deliver. According to Forward Insights, NVMe is forecast to account for more than 75 per cent of the storage shipped in the PC segment by 2021[1]. Leveraging the proven reliability of Western Digital’s NVMe product portfolio, the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD is built to address these four core demands, transforming them from pain points to creative productivity.

“Taking an NVMe-first approach can speed up system performance tremendously. This translates to less time waiting on data so creators can work smarter, not harder, to increase both output and potential income,” said Eric Spanneut, vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, Western Digital.

“The WD Blue SN550 is a great option for customers looking for an all-NVMe portfolio. For a system builder, it means Western Digital delivers a full portfolio of NVMe and SATA SSDs, as well as high-capacity hard drives. This gives them immense flexibility to build systems for our customers’ varying needs.”

Powerful Internal Speeds to Do More, Faster

Whether working, creating, casual gaming or processing large amounts of data, the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD can deliver over four times the speed of Western Digital’s fastest SATA drives. With boosted internal speeds, this brings a better overall computing experience for multitaskers and resource-heavy application users who want a fast and responsive system to tackle tough workloads. In addition, an upgraded thermal design enables ultra-responsive PC performance and sustained performance during intense use.

WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD Specs and Availability

  • Available in capacities from 250GB to 1TB* in an affordable M.2 2280 form factor
  • Over 4X read speeds of our SATA SSDs at up to 2,400 MB/s**
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD products will be available in Australia from 21 December 2019 at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers and system integrators. MSRP starts at AUD $69 for 250GB, AUD $104 for 500GB or AUD $179 for 1TB.
  • Along with the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD, Western Digital’s NVMe portfolio also includes its award-winning WD Black® SN750 NVMe SSD, with an optional custom heatsink for the ultimate in high-performance gaming experience.

[1] SSD Insights Q419” report # FI-NFL-SSD-Q419, November 2019

 


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When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.



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