Thanks to Western Digital, we’ll be taking a quick look at their WD BLUE 1TB 3D NAND SSD (2.5″ form factor). The 1TB model we’ll be reviewing uses the latest 3D NAND technology and boasts a read speed of up to 560MB/sec with a write speed of up to 530MB/sec. What’s more it has an endurance rating of up to 500TBW (terabytes written) and a 1.75 million hour mean time to failure. It’s ideal for use as a boot drive, or just as an additional fast storage device. It comes included with Acronis® True Image™ WD Edition software, which you can download, as well as WD’s own dashboard software to monitor the heath of the SSD.
As our storage needs increase so will our requirements for larger capacity and faster speeds. Some users prefer to have a fast boot drive with a lower capacity (240GB-960GB), as well as a separate large mechanical drive for storage (1TB, 2TB, 4TB or higher). Personally, I prefer just to have one single SSD drive that I can used as both a boot drive and for storage.
I remember only a year ago, the highest capacity for most SSD drives was around 1TB, and they were pretty expensive too. Luckily prices have come down a little and better still, the newer generation of SSDs now use 3D NAND technology, which vastly improve speed and reliability, as well as increased capacity of up to 2TB.
For those who don’t know what 3D NAND is all about … you can check out Wiki’s website for more information.
3D NAND flash is a type of flash memory in which the memory cells are stacked vertically in multiple layers. Flash manufacturers developed 3D NAND to address challenges they encountered in scaling 2D/planar NAND technology to achieve higher densities at a lower cost per bit.
I would like to thank Western Digital for providing this review sample! Let us see what they have to say about themselves on their website:
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We will be testing the WD BLUE 1TB 3D NAND SSD on our test rig which is comprised of an Intel Core i5-7640X, EVGA X299 Micro motherboard, 8Gb of Trident-Z DDR4-3200 ram and a Zotac GeForce GTX 1080.
I’m expecting some decent performance from this SSD, primarily because of the super fast Marvell 88SS1074 controller, and of course the 3D NAND technology it uses. Let’s see check out the specifications on our next page.
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