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WD Blue 3D NAND Internal SSD M.2 SATA - 1 TB for £85.49 Delivered @ Amazon UK

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  • Uses 3D NAND technology not only for higher capacities (up to 2TB) than the previous generation WD Blue SSDs, but also to help reduce cell-to-cell interference for enhanced reliability.
  • Offering improved endurance, a WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD features an active power draw up to 25% lower2 than previous generations of WD Blue SSDs
  • For high-end computing applications like gaming, HD media playback, or creative software
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  • High capacity and enhanced reliability
  • An active power draw up to 25% lower than previous WD Blue SSDs
  • Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s; sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s
  • 1.75M hours MTTF and up to 500 TBW for enhanced reliability
  • WD F.I.T. Lab certified for compatibility across a wide range of computers
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Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it supports NVMe type drive, NVMe are much faster than SATA.

Unless you cannot use NMVe, there is very little reason toi buy a SATA drive in this format, the NMVe version of this drive is only £10 to £20 more (as always prices fluctuate but has been on offer for £90 or so in the past) but with NVMe you'll get a three or four times read/ write speed improvment over SATA.
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Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it supports NVMe type drive, NVMe are much faster than SATA.

Unless you cannot use NMVe, there is very little reason toi buy a SATA drive in this format, the NMVe version of this drive is only £10 to £20 more (as always prices fluctuate but has been on offer for £90 or so in the past) but with NVMe you'll get a three or four times read/ write speed improvment over SATA.
I need this in the slower regular ssd format but it's too dear. Why the big difference in price?
tan15922/01/2020 08:01

I need this in the slower regular ssd format but it's too dear. Why the …I need this in the slower regular ssd format but it's too dear. Why the big difference in price?



What do you mean by regular, the standard 2.5 inch format?

At the end of the day the cost of the drive is made up of a whole bunch of costs. Some will be similar regardless of the format, such as manufacturing, production, distribution and marketing.

What will drive difference is the type of memory in the drive and the market price of the chips. There was a massive oversupply of memory chips in 2019, and that drove the prices down, but at the end of the day there is a price to make the memory chips and that is part of the price. There is always a sweet spot in terms of GB per pound, depending on what chips are most oversupplied and currently in the budget end of the market is about £1 a GB across the budget end of the drives. You'll find the price of 1TB drive is more or less the same across the form factors.

NOTE There are pricing fluctuations all the time in electronic parts, depending on deal the retailers are offering and how one retailer may respond to other retailers offers..


Amazon don't have all the drives in stock and its not fair to compare Amazon and 3rd party prices, but looking at Ebuyer and Scan you can buy a WD Blue 1TB as a 2.5 inch SSD for around £90 (EBuyer) or £100 (Scan), The SATA M,2 version is about £85 (Ebuyer) or £100 (Scan) and the NVMe M.2 version is about £100 (Ebuyer) or £105 (Scan)

Its even closer on the 500GB version where there about is less than 50p difference between the 2.5 Format and the m.2 format SATA drives on Amazon
gavin122/01/2020 07:00

Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it …Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it supports NVMe type drive, NVMe are much faster than SATA.Unless you cannot use NMVe, there is very little reason toi buy a SATA drive in this format, the NMVe version of this drive is only £10 to £20 more (as always prices fluctuate but has been on offer for £90 or so in the past) but with NVMe you'll get a three or four times read/ write speed improvment over SATA.



From my mobo specs:



1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_SOCKET)
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD support)(M2B_SOCKET)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10
* Refer to "1-7 Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the M.2 and SATA connectors.


so is this sata support only, no NVME? or PCIe 3.0 x4 is NVME?
Edited by: "qfel" 22nd Jan
This one is SATA only. Not PCIe 3.0 x4
gavin122/01/2020 07:00

Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it …Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it supports NVMe type drive, NVMe are much faster than SATA.Unless you cannot use NMVe, there is very little reason toi buy a SATA drive in this format, the NMVe version of this drive is only £10 to £20 more (as always prices fluctuate but has been on offer for £90 or so in the past) but with NVMe you'll get a three or four times read/ write speed improvment over SATA.


Glad to see someone mention this, I recently put together a new PC, and I swear to god no where was it mentioned that the 2 m.2 slots on the motherboard were not the same, one supports PCIE (NVME) m.2 drives only, and one supports both PCIE and SATA, the only place I eventually found it printed was on the motherboard itself, but even then I wouldn't have understood the issue as I didn't realise m.2 drives had major differences. Long story short, I have this drive it works perfect in the correct m.2 slot but make sure it works for you as Gavin mentions.
gavin122/01/2020 07:00

Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it …Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it supports NVMe type drive, NVMe are much faster than SATA.Unless you cannot use NMVe, there is very little reason toi buy a SATA drive in this format, the NMVe version of this drive is only £10 to £20 more (as always prices fluctuate but has been on offer for £90 or so in the past) but with NVMe you'll get a three or four times read/ write speed improvment over SATA.


Only just looking into m2 and nvme this week, got a sluggish 4 year old sshd so this was helpful. Thank you. Hoping I can run an nvme on my asrock z170 extreme4
gavin122/01/2020 07:00

Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it …Note this is a SATA drive, If your motherboard has a M.2 slot, check if it supports NVMe type drive, NVMe are much faster than SATA.Unless you cannot use NMVe, there is very little reason toi buy a SATA drive in this format, the NMVe version of this drive is only £10 to £20 more (as always prices fluctuate but has been on offer for £90 or so in the past) but with NVMe you'll get a three or four times read/ write speed improvment over SATA.


Those improvements are true in theory but in real world application the difference isn't that profound and doesn't justify the extra cost of NVME. This is actually a decent price for a SSD.
Edited by: "Shrekt" 22nd Jan
Shrekt22/01/2020 22:41

Those improvements are true in theory but in real world application the …Those improvements are true in theory but in real world application the difference isn't that profound and doesn't justify the extra cost of NVME. This is actually a decent price for a SSD.


Its not a bad price, its not an earth shatteringly good deal, but if you MoBo can support NMVe why would you buy SATA, as its a slower drive for more or less the same price.
qfel22/01/2020 18:53

From my mobo specs: 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type …From my mobo specs: 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_SOCKET) 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD support)(M2B_SOCKET) 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10 * Refer to "1-7 Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the M.2 and SATA connectors.so is this sata support only, no NVME? or PCIe 3.0 x4 is NVME?


Honestly, read the manaul and see what is on the MOBO makers web site.

The M.2 M Key refers to to the physical socket connection.
Socket 3 means its intended for Drives, , rather than things like WiFi /Bluetooth or a Cell modem (they may be socket 1 or 2) )
M-Key refers to a locating pin, (M.2 has about 10 different possible pins, but only a few are in comon use, usdually B or M)
2242/2260/2280/22110 refers to the length of M,2 Cards is can physically fit. (last digits are length ie 42, 60, 80 or 110 mm)

This may help - atpinc.com/blo…t-3


SATA is explicly listed , but NVMe isnt , however the comment PCIe 3.0 x4/x2 would *tend* to make me think it supports NMVe. especially as the 2nd socket does not say SATA so maybe if you have a SATA drive it has to go in socket 2.

HOWEVER Before you spend money you problaby want to look into it more, maybe look at the MoBo makers site or forums (if they have any) or google your MOBO make and model to see what others say.
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