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Western Digital WD Blue SN500 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x2 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS500G1B0C

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  • Enables very low power draw while maintaining high performance
  • Fueled by the Western Digital in-house controller and 3D NAND
  • Sequential read speeds up to 1700 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 1450 MB/s (500GB model)
  • Downloadable SSD dashboard to help monitor drive health

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5/ 5
Good value NVMe drive

Pros: - decent speed for budget priced pcie 3.0 x2 NVMe drive
- price.
- not that this matters for performance or value, but this thing is tiny (only ~1/3rd the PCB is actually chips, rest is just empty pcb to make it 2280 form factor

Cons: - the only con is the PCB color for me, but since this sits under a m.2 drive heat sink on the motherboard this was installed on, not enough to take off an egg... but if this is installed on a motherboard without a heatsink covering it, the blue pcb will stick out like a sore thumb.

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5/ 5
Worth every penny!

Pros: - Fast (much faster than SATA drives)
- Cheap
- Cool

Cons: Max capacity is 500GB.

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5/ 5
Works well

Pros: Works without issues in my Gigabyte B450M motherboard, Ryzen 3 2200G, 16GB DDR4-3000.
It's at least as fast in real-world use as any SATA drive I've used, probably faster.

My main system with a Samsung 960 Pro is not noticeably faster than this drive.
But maybe that's not a fair comparison since I'm comparing a system that hasn't had Windows reinstalled in over a year, apps installed, etc. to a fresh installation on a new drive.

Cons: Not a drastic improvement from a SATA drive for what I use it for; but the M.2 SATA equivalent of this drive is about the same price so I bit on this one instead.
I'm sure it really is a faster drive if you push it to its' limits, but I'm hardly a power user, just an ordinary gamer.

Overall Review: Reviewers who dock it one egg because it doesn't come with a screw? .... Really?
Good luck finding a drive worthy of a 5-star review, because none of them come with a screw.
I've built a half dozen or more systems with M.2 drives, and the screw has ALWAYS come with the motherboard (or laptop).

Not once have I bought a drive that came with one.

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4/ 5
Decent performance compared to a SATA SSD.

Pros: Performs as expected with no issues setting up on my ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard, AMD Ryzen 1800X 8 core CPU and Windows 10 Pro version 1903.

Cons: Did not come with a mounting screw. I'll have to pull the screw from my other M.2 drive and match. Right now it is held down with a strip of tape. An M.2 socket is not 'deep' so you would not want to just plug it in and let it hang as it could easily come loose. The lack of a screw is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.

Overall Review: My second M.2 slot is a standard rather than an Ultra like the one that holds my system M.2 drive. This means that I only get about half the potential speed but this was expected and is still almost three times the speed of the SATA SSD it replaces. Since this drive is intended for my video conversions it should speed up the process a good bit.

Deliver was a day late but I blame neith New Egg nor Western Digital for this. Delivery starts with UPS but ends with USPS. Every time delivery is this method the item will be a day later than the estimated UPS delivery date. I think UPS estimates when the product will hit USPS, not the final delivery location.

Specs for the system using this drive:
Mother board: ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800x 8 core 3600 GHz.
RAM: 32GB 3200MHz.
Power supply: 900 Wt semi modular.
Video: AMD/Sapphire Radeon R9 380 series 4GB Nitro.
Drives:
Samsung M.2 500GB system drive
Western Digital M.2 500GB for video processing (this reviewed drive)
Hitachi Desk Star 2TB spin drive for data and system images
Seagate 6TB spin drive for media storage
Seagate 4TB spin drive for media storage
Asus DVD burner
LG Blu-ray burner
Monitors:
LG 42 inch HDTV
Emerson 32 inch HDTV
Video input: Haupauge USB TV/FM radio tuner

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5/ 5

Pros: sick

Cons: very sick

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5/ 5
amazing performance for the cost!

Pros: Speed is better than promised up to 2400mb/s

Cons: Should have come with a pci-e adapter card

Overall Review: The blue design is ugly and should be just all black

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Well, that was surprising.

Pros: -To say that it is decently fast is an understatement
-5-year Warranty
-A full 300TBW for the 500GB model
-Good Cache Sytem

Cons: -No DRAM Cache
-PCIe 3.0 2x, as opposed to 4x
-No capacities greater than 500GB at this time
-Not much else, actually.

Overall Review: I have observed 4K random reads at Q3 depth around 620 MB per second, and writes at the same depth at 520 MB per second.

That's pretty fast, even taking into account this newest generation of NVMe drives, that's still pretty fast. This surprised me, as another rig that I own has a slightly older NVMe drive from another company, running at PCIe 3, 4x, and this WD Blue SN500 beats it hands down. This was quite surprising, as indeed, I intended for that to be the performance drive, and this new WD Blue to be the "budget solution."

So, here I am, considering swapping them, and wondering how I will manage to do so with my foot in my mouth.

If you want ultra-fast performance, then, please get an NVMe with a DRAM cache, which this drive lacks, but, my older NVMe does have a DRAM cache, and yet still slightly underperfoms this simple "budget" drive.

Of course, this drive is newly-released, at the time of this writing, and belongs to the latest generation of NVMe. So, the controller and the tech behind the drive are top-notch consumer-grade, so, it makes sense that it can beat some of the older NVMe drives. Still, this drive does have some impressive performance for the price.

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