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WD Blue SSHD (3.5-inch 4TB)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

WD is the latest stor­age man­u­fac­turer to dip its toes into the SSHD pool. SSHDs (or Solid State Hy­brid Drives) are stor­age so­lu­tions that prom­ise SSD-like per­for­mance, but with HDD ca­pac­ity and price. In the case of the WD Blue (3.5-inch 4TB) that we tested, it boasts speeds of 150MB/s. But, based on what we have seen in other SSHDs by other man­u­fac­tur­ers pre­vi­ously, we are mildly skep­ti­cal.

Be­fore we jump into the re­view, it's best to re­cap what the dif­fer­ent col­ored stor­age so­lu­tions from WD mean. Black of­fers the fastest per­for­mance; Blue is tar­geted at main­stream users; Green for eco-friendly per­for­mance; Red for NAS sys­tems; and Pur­ple, which is op­ti­mized to store sur­veil­lance footage.

As the WD Blue SSHD is de­signed to meet the needs of the main­stream user, it can be set up in a va­ri­ety of sys­tems, for gam­ing or for work. It may look like any other stan­dard HDD made for desk­tops, but take a look in­side how­ever, and you'll find 8GB of NAND cache. This is half the re­quired space needed to in­stall the 32-bit ver­sion of Win­dows 10.

To test the WD Blue SSHD, we made it the master drive of one of our ev­ery­day work PCs.

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