WD Blue 250GB SSD Review

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Western Digital is a known player for making hard drivers. WD Blue was its first SSD that was launched after the company acquired SanDisk. WD Blue is the 2.5” STA III form factor SSD. WD Blue comes in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. I got the 250GB storage variant to use. So, I tested this and here is our review of WD Blue 250GB Solid State Drive.

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Western Digital WD Blue Specifications

Specifications Values
Form Factor 2.5″ 7mm SATA
Controller Marvell 88SS1074
NAND SanDisk 15nm TLC
Sequential Read 540 MB/s
Sequential Write 500 MB/s
4KB Random Read 97k IOPS
4KB Random Write 79k IOPS
Average Power 70 mW
Max Power 4.4 W
Encryption No
Endurance (TBW) 100 TB
Warranty Three years

The WD Blue SSD is built on a TLC (triple-layer-cell) technology. It means, it writes three bits of data to one cell. It also has SLC (single-layer-cell) cache technology to boost performance. It also consumes less energy.

Like other SSD’s, it is also compact to take less space. It is lightweight and good in look. It comes with the plastic build. It has the brand logo and model number written on it and blue color represents the series. It also has aluminum base.

WD Blue does not offer encryption but it offers high endurance rating. The 250GB SSD allows you to high endurance rating. You will be able to write up to 100TB data over the lifecycle of this SSD. If you see it closely, it will last for 6 years if you write 50GB daily. Samsung 850 Evo is rated for 75 TB data write.

Western Digital also offers a software SSD Dashboard that lets you monitor your drive’s health. It also gives you detailed performance analysis. You can even sign up for email or SMS alerts when the temperature or health cross normal parameters.

I tested this drive with CrystalDiskMark. Results were good and it recorded 556.7MBps sequential reads and 527.7MBps sequential writes. The random read and write speeds were around 297MBps and 317.7MBps.

Samsung is the leader in SSD and it looks like WD Blue is offering similar kind of read-write speed.

In the Indian market, WD Blue 250GB SSD is available for around Rs. 6500. If you compare the pricing with Samsung 850 EVO 250GB, you get the difference of around Rs. 2000 because Samsung is selling 850 EVO 250GB for around Rs. 8500. It gives WD Blue an advantage. Here, you should also consider that Samsung is offering 5 years warranty while WD Blue comes with just 3 years warranty.

Verdict

WD Blue is a good option for mid range PC. It performs well with good rear/write speed and comes for the competitive price. If you are on limited budget, this SSD will help you in building your PC. It looks to be SanDisk X400, but WD has re-tuned the firmware to offer better write endurance rating. This is the main highlight of the SSD. WD Blue is designed for users having an entry-level system and looking to update their traditional 7200 RPM hard drive for better performance.


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The Review

WD Blue

8.3 Score

"WD Blue is a cost effective PC SSD that offers good performance."

The Good

  • Good performance
  • High endurance rating

The Bad

  • No AES 256-bit hardware encryption

Breakdown

  • Design 70%
  • Performance 80%
  • Value for money 80%
Deepanker Verma
Author Deepanker Verma

Deepanker Verma is a well-known technology blogger and gadget reviewer based in India.

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