WD Blue 500GB M.2 SSD £124.76 Amazon
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WD Blue 500GB M.2 SSD £124.76 Amazon

£124.76Amazon Deals
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Found 14th Nov
A fantastic price for a decent capacity M.2 SSD.

By far the cheapest it's been this year, according to CamelCamelCamel
uk.camelcamelcamel.com/WD-…2WB

(Note: listing says "Ships when available in 1-2 days)

SATA interface over M.2 connector. Limited to SATA 3 speeds like any 2.5" drive.
23 Comments

Its too slow. May as well get a SSD

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gr8h8me40 s ago

Its too slow. May as well get a SSD



It IS a SSD! Look at the photo...

Didn't explain clearly....Its a waste of an M.2 space on your MB

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gr8h8me1 m ago

Didn't explain clearly....Its a waste of an M.2 space on your MB



Not if that's the only spare slot in your laptop, it isn't... Assuming that the slot is long enough to take this drive, of course (will vary depending on the manufacturer/model)
Edited by: "Genki" 14th Nov

Genki6 m ago

Not if that's the only spare slot in your laptop, it isn't... Assuming …Not if that's the only spare slot in your laptop, it isn't... Assuming that the slot is long enough to take this drive, of course (will vary depending on the manufacturer/model)




A waste in the sense that you'd want to put an NVMe pci-e 3.0 x4 drive in it. (Assuming motherboard support)

gr8h8me18 m ago

Didn't explain clearly....Its a waste of an M.2 space on your MB

But still, its cheaper than a normal ssd...? I'm confused with the new tech, is it not worth buying over a normal ssd for a old system with the option to be used on a new mobo in a future upgrade??

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TehJumpingJawa33 m ago

A waste in the sense that you'd want to put an NVMe pci-e 3.0 x4 drive in …A waste in the sense that you'd want to put an NVMe pci-e 3.0 x4 drive in it. (Assuming motherboard support)



And financial ability, surely? They're significantly more expensive.

I agree that an NVMe SSD has its place, but so does this one...
Edited by: "Genki" 14th Nov

pwel22 m ago

But still, its cheaper than a normal ssd...? I'm confused with the new …But still, its cheaper than a normal ssd...? I'm confused with the new tech, is it not worth buying over a normal ssd for a old system with the option to be used on a new mobo in a future upgrade??



It's perfectly fine. Unless you have a specific purpose in mind for an NVMe drive, and the ability to actually transfer data to it at those kinds of speeds, you don't need one. A normal SSD is fine for 99.9% of people no matter the form factor, and is a huge quality of life upgrade from a hard drive.

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Aretak1 m ago

It's perfectly fine. Unless you have a specific purpose in mind for an …It's perfectly fine. Unless you have a specific purpose in mind for an NVMe drive, and the ability to actually transfer data to it at those kinds of speeds, you don't need one. A normal SSD is fine for 99.9% of people no matter the form factor, and is a huge quality of life upgrade from a hard drive.



A short version of a long explanation I posted on another thread:

HDD = bicycle
SSD = car (there are fast cars and slow cars, but even the slowest cars will be MUCH faster than a bicycle!)

Genki45 m ago

Not if that's the only spare slot in your laptop, it isn't... Assuming …Not if that's the only spare slot in your laptop, it isn't... Assuming that the slot is long enough to take this drive, of course (will vary depending on the manufacturer/model)



TehJumpingJawa38 m ago

A waste in the sense that you'd want to put an NVMe pci-e 3.0 x4 drive in …A waste in the sense that you'd want to put an NVMe pci-e 3.0 x4 drive in it. (Assuming motherboard support)



pwel27 m ago

But still, its cheaper than a normal ssd...? I'm confused with the new …But still, its cheaper than a normal ssd...? I'm confused with the new tech, is it not worth buying over a normal ssd for a old system with the option to be used on a new mobo in a future upgrade??


It's using SATA 3 as the interface, just using an M.2 connector. Jawa's right that this is as slow as a regular 2.5" drive. If your M.2 connector will carry PCI-E then you should choose a faster drive that actually speaks PCI-E not SATA. Genki's half-right though that there are some laptops that will only support SATA over their M.2 connections, in which case this drive is as good as any.

pwel, if you were buying a new mobo it'd support PCI-E over M.2 so you could get 3GB/s out of a PCI-E M.2 SSD. This one though, you'd just get SATA 3 speeds and that's the most you'd ever get. If this drive plus an adapter to get a normal SATA connector out is cheaper than buying a 2.5" SATA SSD, do it. Otherwise don't.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 14th Nov

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These clarifications are fine, but they do kind of gloss over the fact that a PCI-E M.2 SSD is quite substantially more expensive than this drive. So we're not talking about an apples to apples comparison.

For example, the ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD offers 2400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds (ooh, feel the wind in your hair ) but it costs £185.51 i.e. £60.75 more than this SSD does.
amazon.co.uk/ADA…U1/

If you have the money and your PC/laptop supports it and if you want the best then go for a PCI-E option.

If you want much better than HDD performance at a bargain price, choose something like this one.
Edited by: "Genki" 14th Nov

Genki10 m ago

These clarifications are fine, but they do kind of gloss over the fact …These clarifications are fine, but they do kind of gloss over the fact that a PCI-E M.2 SSD is quite substantially more expensive than this drive. So we're not talking about an apples to apples comparison.For example, the ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD offers 2400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds (ooh, feel the wind in your hair ) but it costs £185.51 i.e. £60.75 more than this SSD does.https://www.amazon.co.uk/ADATA-Superior-Ultrabooks-Notebooks-ASX8000NP-512GM-C/dp/B01M6D9JU1/If you have the money and your PC/laptop supports it and if you want the best then go for a PCI-E option.If you want much better than HDD performance at a bargain price, choose something like this one.


Just a point to add.. in real world use for most people there would not be much difference going for the faster SSD.

Voted hot.

This drive works just fine. I have it in a secondary M.2 slot running Hackintosh and speeds are awesome!

Genki25 m ago

These clarifications are fine, but they do kind of gloss over the fact …These clarifications are fine, but they do kind of gloss over the fact that a PCI-E M.2 SSD is quite substantially more expensive than this drive. So we're not talking about an apples to apples comparison.For example, the ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD offers 2400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds (ooh, feel the wind in your hair ) but it costs £185.51 i.e. £60.75 more than this SSD does.https://www.amazon.co.uk/ADATA-Superior-Ultrabooks-Notebooks-ASX8000NP-512GM-C/dp/B01M6D9JU1/If you have the money and your PC/laptop supports it and if you want the best then go for a PCI-E option.If you want much better than HDD performance at a bargain price, choose something like this one.


Yeah they generally are, on the other hand, this drive may not work in your laptop in which case it's an expensive paperweight. Not a good paperweight either, too light for it. If you've got the choice between techs then price will definitely factor in.

e.g. XPS 13 9343 is SATA over m.2 only
XPS 13 9350 is SATA or PCI-E
XPS 13 9360 is PCI-E only as far as I know.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 14th Nov

hOW many ppl are going to have a motherboard that HAS an m2 slot that can support EITHER sata or pcie connex ? None? so you dont really have a choice ..
This looks as good as any other sata drive , altho smaller and cableless ..

1gratefulgraham3 h, 28 m ago

yes how is this comparable to say the samsung evo 500gb SSD about £13 …yes how is this comparable to say the samsung evo 500gb SSD about £13 dearer, anyone know, with thanks https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-inch-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B00P73B1E4?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAI3VLI6HITR26KCBQ&tag=userbenchmark-21&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00P73B1E4



Genki3 h, 11 m ago

These clarifications are fine, but they do kind of gloss over the fact …These clarifications are fine, but they do kind of gloss over the fact that a PCI-E M.2 SSD is quite substantially more expensive than this drive. So we're not talking about an apples to apples comparison.For example, the ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD offers 2400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds (ooh, feel the wind in your hair ) but it costs £185.51 i.e. £60.75 more than this SSD does.https://www.amazon.co.uk/ADATA-Superior-Ultrabooks-Notebooks-ASX8000NP-512GM-C/dp/B01M6D9JU1/If you have the money and your PC/laptop supports it and if you want the best then go for a PCI-E option.If you want much better than HDD performance at a bargain price, choose something like this one.


@Genki I have posted similar things on quite a few of your deals now. I am sure it is not intentional but I feel you are possibly misleading people by simplifying it into 'bicycle vs car'. There is a massive difference between different SSDs brands just as there is variation between difference brands of HDD. Please take a look at this page for example:

ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…713

I would say that these 2 drives are within the same price bracket, however the difference in performance is large enough that you would notice it during everyday use.

Now if you go further and compare this to a true M.2 NVMe drive, the results speak for themselves:

ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…713

I know that people can spend money on whatever they choose to, but if we are talking about raw performance and value you really can't beat a proper M.2 NVMe drive. I am not a Samsung fanboy, it doesn't have to be a Samsung drive at all, but it is worth looking into where certain manufactures cheap out on components and how much this will effect you in future.

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The real-world difference is much lower than the benchmark difference, because a lot of the time the drive is loading relatively small files so you're talking about differences of fractions of a second. Would you notice that in practice? Maybe if you're really looking out for it very carefully. For the average user, no. That's why many reviews of NVMe drives conclude something along the lines of "but it makes little practical difference in day to day use" (paraphrased)

Going by the benchmarks in your link, a contiguous file < 468MB would load in under 1s on both drives. A file under 270MB would write in under 1s on both drives.

The most obvious difference would be at startup/shutdown, but shaving a few seconds off may not be worth the extra expense.

On the other hand, anyone will notice the difference between a hard drive and an SSD drive, and benefit from upgrading to the latter.

If you're a power user, you almost certainly already know and understand the difference between SATA and NVMe and can make your decision accordingly. If you're not a power user, you don't need the extra speed (unless you want to pay for it for some reason).
Edited by: "Genki" 14th Nov

GwanGy54 m ago

hOW many ppl are going to have a motherboard that HAS an m2 slot that can …hOW many ppl are going to have a motherboard that HAS an m2 slot that can support EITHER sata or pcie connex ? None? so you dont really have a choice ..This looks as good as any other sata drive , altho smaller and cableless ..


'looks as good'? At a glance maybe...

ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…713

Also these drives from WD have been known to run HOT and have a much shorter life than a standard SATA SSD, in my experience anyway. I have seen way too many cheap M.2 drives pack up after only a year or 2 of light use

Genki10 m ago

The real-world difference is much lower than the benchmark difference, …The real-world difference is much lower than the benchmark difference, because a lot of the time the drive is loading relatively small files so you're talking about differences of fractions of a second. Would you notice that in practice? Maybe if you're really looking out for it very carefully. For the average user, no. That's why many reviews of NVMe drives conclude something along the lines of "but it makes little practical difference in day to day use" (paraphrased)Going by the benchmarks in your link, a contiguous file < 468MB would load in under 1s on both drives. A file under 270MB would write in under 1s on both drives.The most obvious difference would be at startup/shutdown, but shaving a few seconds off may not be worth the extra expense.On the other hand, anyone will notice the difference between a hard drive and an SSD drive, and benefit from upgrading to the latter.


But if the said SSD packs up after only a year because the manufacturer cheaped out on components then those small savings will come back to bite you. In my own PERSONAL experience I have seen too many people upset after losing work due to cheap/poor quality components (not just SSDs, PSUs for example), not to meantion loss of producitivity etc.

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AMasters0075 m ago

But if the said SSD packs up after only a year because the manufacturer …But if the said SSD packs up after only a year because the manufacturer cheaped out on components then those small savings will come back to bite you. In my own PERSONAL experience I have seen too many people upset after losing work due to cheap/poor quality components (not just SSDs, PSUs for example), not to meantion loss of producitivity etc.



I can't comment from experience on the reliability of this drive vs an NVMe drive (anyway, we'd have to be talking about a particular NVMe make/model) - I was discussing the cost differential.

Genki25 m ago

I can't comment from experience on the reliability of this drive vs an …I can't comment from experience on the reliability of this drive vs an NVMe drive (anyway, we'd have to be talking about a particular NVMe make/model) - I was discussing the cost differential.


No sorry I didn't mean the reliability of this vs an NVMe drive I meant this vs a standard SATA SSD. I have an SSD (I wont say the brand) going on nearly 10 years now that I still use and, as far as I can tell, is still going strong

EDIT: Not to mention the more expensive brands have much a better warranty, I picked up one recently with a 10 year warranty for example.
Edited by: "AMasters007" 14th Nov

Price has gone up to

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dman2273 h, 19 m ago

Price has gone up to



Thanks for pointing that out. I've marked this deal "expired".
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