|Manufacturer||Western Digital AU|
|Memory Storage Capacity||500 GB|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||500|
|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB|
|Hard Disk Description||Solid State Hard Drive|
|Removable Storage Native Capacity||500 GB|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Linux, Mac|
|Hardware Interface||PCIE x 4|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Data Transfer Rate||8 Gigabits Per Second|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280|
|Device Type||Solid State Drive, Internal Drive|
|Includes AC Adapter||No|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 2.2 x 0.24 cm; 7 Grams|
|Item Weight||7 g|
|Manufacturer||Western Digital AU|
|Item Model Number||WDS500G2B0C|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||3 October 2019|
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Western Digital WD Blue SN550 500GB NVMe SSD 2400MB/s 1750MB/s R/W 300TBW 300K/240K IOPS M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3 1.7M hrs MTTF 5yrs wty
- Put NVMe power at the heart of your PC for lightning-fast, ultra-responsive performance
- Get breakneck sequential read speeds up to 2400 MB/s
- Scalable NVMe hardware, accelerated architecture for high performance and low power draw
- Build powerful small-form factor PCs with a slim single-sided M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSD
- Provides optimized, consistent performance
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Put NVMe power at the heart of your PC for lightning-fast, ultra-responsive performance. The WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD can deliver over 4 times the speed of our best SATA SSDs. Whether you're working, creating, casual gaming or processing large amounts of data, take advantage of this powerful internal drive's high speeds to do more, faster. Available in capacity of 500GB in an affordable M.2 2280 form factor, there's no time like now to make the change to NVMe. NVMe goes mainstream with a powerful, cost-effective storage solution that adds to the reliability of an SSD. Scalable NVMe hardware-accelerated architecture for high performance and low power draw. Western Digital-designed controller and firmware paired with our latest 3D NAND for optimized, consistent performance. Thousands of hours of hardware, firmware and validation testing combine to advance the award-winning WD Blue heritage of quality and reliability. Sequential read performance: 2400MB/s, sequential write performance: 950MB/s.
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WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD
Put NVMe power at the heart of your PC for lightning- fast, ultra-responsive performance. The WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD delivers over 4x the speed of our best SATA SSDs so you can boot faster, work smarter and play longer. Whether you’re working, creating, casual gaming or processing large amounts of data, take advantage of this powerful internal drive’s high speeds to do more, faster. Available in capacities up to 1TB* in an affordable M.2 2280 form factor, there’s no time like now to make the change to NVMe.
*1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = one trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less, depending on operating environment.
- Boost your system’s performance with next-gen NVMe SSDs
- Over 4x faster than our SATA SSDs
- Slimline M.2 2280 form factor
- Western Digital-designed controller and firmware for optimized performance
- Western Digital SSD Dashboard constantly monitors the health of your SSD
The right storage for your next PC
NVMe goes mainstream with a powerful, cost-ef- fective storage solution that adds to the reliability of an SSD.
Boost your performance
Get breakneck sequential read speeds up to 2,400 MB/s** to improve your productivity no matter what you’re doing or creating.
**As used for transfer speed, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations.
Build powerful small-form factor PCs with a slim single-sided M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSD.
Do more with less
Scalable NVMe hardware and accelerated archi- tecture enable both high performance and low power consumption that maxes out at only 3.5W.
Do more, faster
Western Digital-designed controller and firmware paired with our latest 3D NAND for optimized, consistent performance.
Continuing the legacy
Thousands of hours of hardware, firmware and validation testing combine to advance the award- winning WD Blue heritage of quality and reliability.
|WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD||WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD||WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD (w heatsink)|
|Capacity||250GB, 500GB, 1TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB|
|Interface||PCIe Gen3 x4||PCIe Gen3 x4||PCIe Gen3 x4|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Sequential Read||Up to 2,400MB/s||Up to 3,470MB/s||Up to 3,470MB/s|
|Sequential Write||Up to 1,950MB/s||Up to 3,000MB/s||Up to 3,000MB/s|
|TBW||Up to 600 TBW||Up to 600 TBW||Up to 600 TBW|
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Please note: if you're using this as a second nvme drive, you'll need to go into your system settings, 'initiate' the drive, and then format it. Otherwise it won't show up automatically in 'my computer'.
It's fast, installs easily and is a great price. I have my OS on another M.2 and then all my games and programs on this one, I then have two mechanical HDDs for lager storage. The new M.2 drive has been a huge help.
Read and transfer speeds are lightening fast. I transferred a 300gb folder from an external SSD and the data rate stay high and completed the transfer in no time.
I haven't had any issues with the SN550 so I don't have a bad word to say about it.
Temperatures seem normal for M.2 drives. I don't have a heat synch on it so it sits around 37C in my silent case. I'm sure if you had higher airflow constantly or a heat synch it would stay cooler.
I was tossing up between the SN550 and some more expensive options but I am really happy I chose this M.2.
For the cost, it's excellent. I don't think you would see drastic improvements if you spent another $100 on more expensive options.
Highly recommend this as a boot drive or media/gaming drive.
Words of warning:
Came with no instructions.
Came with out a mounting screw (you DO need one, should be included with your mother board if you’re building or built)
Needed to active it via BIOS & then in ‘disk management’
That said, while it wasn’t straight up “plug ‘n play” it was a fairly straight forward procedure. You just need that mounting screw first.
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There are basically 3 types of SSD
- 2.5 inch SATA (SATA Interface)
- M2 - MSATA
- M2 - NVME
But what's the difference ?
Now you might have noticed i have written M2 type two times. That's the catch. They look similar but perform entirely differently. MSATA sticks uses the same communication channels as the 2.5 inch SATA drive. The maximum speeds that can be attained on MSATA is around 550 MBPS.
But in NVME you can get close to 2000MBPS or even as high as 3000 MBPS. Many people are unaware of this factor and end up buying M2 MSATA or 2.5" Sata SSDs. You should always go for a NVME based one, if your Motherboard supports it. NVME works on actual PCIE bus and not SATA lines. WD Blue series also comes in 3 variants mentioned above. The MSATA and NVME sticks looks very similar, except that MSATA has 2 cuts (M key) and NVME has only 1(b key). So before you buy just check your M2 slot how it looks. If it has only 1 cut, it must support NVME, go for the NVME variant.
Performance and disk size
I bought the 250 GB variant and what i get is 1800 MBPS Read and 900 MBPS Write for Sequential read. There is a catch there also. If you buy the higher GB variants, you can get double this write speed. That means 1500 MBPS on 512 GB and 1600 MBPS on 1 TB version. Read speeds are more or less same.
How SSDs make the system fast?
Many people follow the logic that upgrading RAM is the best way to upgrade your system. But No. If you replace your hard disk, it can actually act as RAM (Page file or SWAP) as well as your internal memory. A lot of new laptops with SSD come nowadays with just 4GB RAM. Still they are fast. Now, how it works ? SSD comes with a considerable amount of transfer speed, especially for small files. Hard disks are really really slow when it comes to small tiny files, average 4K read speeds of hard disks are 3 or 4 MBPS, whole for SSD its 200 to 300 MBPS.Which is like a 100 times faster. Most of the system operations read/write small files, which makes harddisks sluggish. Forget about the 1800 MBPS Sequential speed for large files. That's yet another factor.
Which size to choose ?
I would higjhly recommend you to go for 512 or 1 TB as it has double Write speeds of 250 GB version.
How to install ?
It's very easy. But be careful, use a rubber gloves to prevent ESD. Slide in the Stick to the slot. It will rest at a 30 degree angle to the board. Now you need to insert the screws to fix it in right position.
Before you buy
.. Make sure that your board supports NVME. Check the user manual. Also check the slot and see it has only 1 cut. Not two
How much is the real world results ?
I use this on my office desktop. My Linux OS which used to take 1 minute to boot now takes 10 seconds. And earlier it took 6 minutes for my Android studio projects to be build and now its reduced to 1 minute, which is like 5-6 times faster. This much boost is obtained because my Desktop is i7 and can process too much data. So if you have a good processor you also can obtain similar results.
I know my review was bit lengthy, but i hope you found it helpful!!
P.S. Use "Macrium reflect" free software to clone your HDD to SSD if you want to boot windows from SSD without losing any data.
For daily use, system boots into W10 within 10 seconds, I can be logged in to Steam and gaming ina around the same amount of time.
Game loads and in-game save loads are negligible time wise. Cannot recommend this drive enough if you're running a gaming rig.
This was incredibly easy to install, all I had to do was remove the back cover of my laptop, then locate the M.2 drive bay slot, insert the drive into the slot the correct way around and then screw the screw into the other end to secure it (my laptop came with this screw already inside, depending on your make and model, you may need to purchase a screw as well).
You can then either clone your disk (copy everything that was on the pervious disk you used) using software such as Macrium Reflect (free for home use) or Acronis True Image (30-day free trial) or if you're like me and want a complete fresh start you can install Windows 10 with a bootable USB drive which you can create using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool on their website. Once you've installed Windows 10, it should automatically activate as your product key stays with the computer even if just some of the components are replaced such as the RAM and SSD.
Overall, I would highly recommend this SN550 Blue M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD from WD as it offers great performance for a reasonable price. Upgrading your memory and SSD are the two most significant upgrades you can make to your laptop/PC to improve performance and efficiency.
Being tech-savvy with an IT background, over the years, I've I've spent a lot of time solving issues for myself and for plenty of other people and I have rarely had to admit defeat. With this product, I do have to admit defeat. Not because it's a bad product, because when it works, it works great... But it seems that the computer industry as a whole can't seem to get its act together to make this kind of upgrade work without a significant risk of failure, or worse, intermittent failure.
I have a Dell gaming computer that's just over 1 year old. The specs confirm that its motherboard is compatible with an NMVe SSD drive such as this, and looking online, it seems that others have had success installing it.
My experience... This item can be fitted to the motherboard fairly straightforwardly (but you might need to purchase and M2 3mm screw, which DOES NOT come in the package -- that's a very basic FAIL.
But will this SSD drive be available consistently in Windows? Err.. NO, not in my experience, unles you are happy to try rebooting a random number of times. It's a lottery... out of 5 reboots, if I'm lucky, one of them might result in Windows being able to access this SSD drive.
To to be clear... I'm not saying that this is all the fault of Western Digital -- I'm sure they make good products, but I would question the almost total lack of any installation instructions accompanying the product and a less than informative support website.
By the way... all this is after I gave up my main goal of wanting to use this SSD as the drive that boots Windows. After 3 wasted days of of failing to get it to work consistently, in desperation, I decided to massively downgrade my expectations and settle on the far less useful option of being able to use this SSD as a secondary drive (after having booted Windows using a normal hard disk). Long story short... Still not reliable, it's still a lottery. I don't have either the time or the inclination to boot the computer up multiple times before being able to successfully access this SSD drive -- by the time I arrive at a working system, at least 5 minutes have elapsed, on average. I returned this item for a refund and won't risk any further purchases of motherboard-based SSD drives.