3D NAND Memory is quickly becoming a staple for major technological manufacturers and data storage companies. Western Digital introduced WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD, an internal SSD NAND flash that helps to upgrade storage capacities on your computer. Due to its nature, the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD can only be installed inside your computer through SATA ports. This sets it apart from other Western Digital offerings such as the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, which is an external SSD.
Introducing the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD
Western Digital specifically introduced the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD to provide fast and reliable storage capacities for your computer. Its unique 64-layer design makes it an attractive option for tech enthusiasts. To put it simply, a 64-layer for solid-state drives (SSDs) mean that 64 layers of memory are stacked in a three-dimensional space, as opposed to being laid out side by side. This radical approach ensures that the chips are at a moderate size whilst stacked vertically, an excellent solution to making chips even smaller to fit a planar design. The WD Blue 3D NAND comes in 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form factors and is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage units. The 2.5-inch allows you to add 4TB storage capacity. The review unit we will focus on is the M.2 2280 form factor in 500GB.
WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2 2280 Specifications
- 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB Capacities
- Up to 560 MB/s Transfer Speed
- SATA Interface
- M.2 2280 form factor
- 3D NAND SSD
- 80 x 22.1 x 2.3 mm (3.15″ x 0.87″ x 0.09″)
Unboxing the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2 2280
The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2 2280 is protected by a transparent pack inside a white and blue box with the Western Digital logo and an image of the product. It looks like a RAM stick but is longer and has short connectors. On one end, the connectors are plugged inside the port, and a cutout for screwing in the stick on your motherboard is at the other end. Its measurement is 22mm in width and 80 mm in length. To use the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2 2280, ensure your computer has sufficient space to cater to the 80mm length on the motherboard. The SDD is certified for compatibility with various laptops and desktops due to Western Digital’s Functional Integrity Testing Lab (FIT Lab).
Design and Performance of the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2 2280
The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD performs excellently and provides increased endurance. It boosts up to 560 MB/s in sequential read speed and up to 530MB/s for sequential write speed, making it easy to upgrade application performance for design, video editing and gaming on your computer. This also makes it close to the maximum performance possible over a SATA connection.
The WD Blue 3D is also extremely reliable boasting an impressive MTTF (Mean Time to Failure) of 1.75 million hours, with a 5-year guaranteed warranty on the product. As an SSD, its fixed parts help to protect against loss of data due to the impact of force, drops or shock. Western Digital also offers free downloadable maintenance software to boost the performance of your 3D NAND SATA SDD. Some of this software includes the WD SSD Dashboard, a utility software that allows you to monitor the overall condition and performance of your drive or the Acronis True Image software which lets you clone your drive to the SDD. These software applications help to do anything from providing information on speed and storage capacities and upgrading your storage for better performance to backing up your applications, settings, data, and operating system. For the Acronis software, WD bundles a license for cloning your existing drive, which fixes the previous shortfall in the original WD Blue SSD.
Overall, the Western Digital Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2 2280 is a must-have for anybody looking to upgrade their internal storage to the next level. This is also true if your computer relies on a hard drive for excess storage.
The WD Blue 3D is a very competitive SSD, boasting transfer speeds of up to 560 megabytes per second, providing an amazing upgrade to improve user experience with computer applications for gaming, design, and photo/video editing. Its high endurance rate also makes it a reliable upgrade for your laptop or desktop. Western Digital also deserves a commendation for correcting the previous shortfalls by bundling a license for cloning software.
In Nigeria, pricing starts from about N20,000 for the 250 GB while 500GB, and 1TB SSD are ₦40,000, and ₦70,000 respectively. The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2 2280 can be purchased on Western Digital’s website and is available in various local and international online stores.
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