WD Blue 3D M.2 500GB

www.wdc.com $85


An­other value SSD con­tender, the WD Blue 3D is, like the Cru­cial MX500, avail­able in both M.2 and 2.5-inch SATA form fac­tors, with both lim­ited to the same slower SATA in­ter­face.

Un­like the MX500, the WD Blue 3D is avail­able in ca­pac­i­ties up to 2TB in both form fac­tors.

Else­where the drive of­fers noth­ing par­tic­u­larly out­stand­ing. M.2 drives don’t have the op­por­tu­nity to stand out with fancy de­signs, so there’s noth­ing to men­tion here other than a blue PCB.

Mean­while, on the in­side you’ve got the Marvell 88SS1074 con­troller keep­ing things tick­ing over, while SanDisk’s third-gen­er­a­tion 3D TLC NAND is used to store all your data.

No­tably, WD hasn’t en­abled the hard­ware AES en­cryp­tion that’s avail­able on this con­troller, so those that like to keep their data se­cure will have to rely on a soft­ware-based so­lu­tion.

The end re­sult is a drive that per­forms a lit­tle bet­ter than ex­pected. It keeps toe-to-toe with the Cru­cial MX500 and Sam­sung 860 Evo. Add in the de­cent 200TBW write en­durance and im­pres­sively low price and you have a drive that comes very close to top­pling the Cru­cial MX500, though it does just fall short.

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