Western Digital 500 GB 3D NAND SATA Internal Solid State Drive - £126.98 @ Amazon
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Western Digital 500 GB 3D NAND SATA Internal Solid State Drive - £126.98 @ Amazon

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Found 26th Feb
Western Digital WDS500G2B0B WD Blue 500 GB 3D NAND SATA Internal Solid State Drive - Black

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3D NAND SSD Blue 500GB M.2 SATA - Ready for your high performance computing needs, a WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD offers high capacity, enhanced reliability, and blazing speed. 3D NAND technology for fast system boot-ups, quick application responses, and rapid transfer speeds. With 1.75M hours MTTF (mean time to failure)4, up to 500 TBW (terabytes written)5, and several error correction technologies, WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs can help guard data for years to come.
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Crucial MX300 525GB is practically the same price, just sayin'
captainjack2 m ago

Fake RAM, looking like a RAM stick but it isnt - Super COLD!



it not RAM ha ha
Which popular high street restaurant runs all of its computers on SSDs?

NANDos.
Edited by: "fandyboy" 27th Feb
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Crucial MX300 525GB is practically the same price, just sayin'
Cold
telboy6938 m ago

Cold


Gotta love the reasoning there, must be linked to trumps twitter account
worf20142 m ago

Gotta love the reasoning there, must be linked to trumps twitter account


He's probably pointing out the need to keep them cool under sustained usage because the speeds will throttle.

Heatsinks are available to keep them a little cooler if your case has good airflow. Its a good enough drive to upgrade your laptop or PC. Just bung an OS or a few games on there.
worf20143 m ago

Gotta love the reasoning there, must be linked to trumps twitter account


Fake RAM, looking like a RAM stick but it isnt - Super COLD!
captainjack2 m ago

Fake RAM, looking like a RAM stick but it isnt - Super COLD!



it not RAM ha ha
Form factor M.2 2280this the older stuff ?
the.ghost15 m ago

it not RAM ha ha



Yeah - it's got the sticky out bits on the end - anyone can see that!
Which popular high street restaurant runs all of its computers on SSDs?

NANDos.
Edited by: "fandyboy" 27th Feb
telboy693 h, 50 m ago

Cold


Yeah but we're not discussing the Beast from the East here.
Macbook compatible? It looks alot like original lenovo x1 ssd
these are fine as ssd, but do note for anyone looking to upgrade their ssd for speed the only real options are the samsung nvme drives.
worf2017 h, 39 m ago

Gotta love the reasoning there, must be linked to trumps twitter account


Cold
fandyboy4 h, 28 m ago

Yeah but we're not discussing the Beast from the East here.


Cold
Are these tuneable in the same way as SSD?
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telboy691 h, 36 m ago

Cold


Troll. 2 deals in nearly 8 years. Keep up the good work!
captainjack9 h, 2 m ago

Fake RAM, looking like a RAM stick but it isnt - Super COLD!


it's the power supply.

tw@
Got 250GB one, Windows 10 loads super fast!
Im not trying to hate but I really don't see how this is a good deal? I keep seeing these budget M.2 drives and the truth is they are slower than standard SATA drives, which happen to also be cheaper:

ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…477

I know everyone says 'you wont notice the difference etc. its only a synthetic result' but from experience you can and will notice the difference. I went from a budget M.2 drive like this to a Samsung 850 SATA drive and the shift was substantial, everything is snappier and opens/loads/saves noticeably quicker. Another thing to take into consideration is drive life/reliability, I appreciate most drives will probably outlive peoples needs/PCs but with the M.2 heating issues on these budget drives you are running the risk.

If you are purely limited to an M.2 slot then there are so many better options out there, albeit not as cheap, but as they say "buy cheap, buy twice":

ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…488

(Or this one) ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…248

This is a mid-high range M.2 drive but you can see the difference, and in my personal opinion you will also notice the difference.

If money is no object (ironic on this site I know (:I) then a drive like this one, which I consider a 'proper' M.2 drive, will be much better in the long run:

ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…072

TLDR: Budget M.2 drives aren't worth it.
Edited by: "AMasters007" 27th Feb
AMasters0072 h, 20 m ago

Im not trying to hate but I really don't see how this is a good deal? I …Im not trying to hate but I really don't see how this is a good deal? I keep seeing these budget M.2 drives and the truth is they are slower than standard SATA drives, which happen to also be cheaper


Surely an example would be increasing storage space on a laptop which uses a B+M key SATA interface. The alternatives you've suggested are M Key NVMe drives which aren't necessarily compatible. I'm no expert on the M.2. interface so perhaps I've missed something
AMasters0072 h, 27 m ago

Im not trying to hate but I really don't see how this is a good deal? I …Im not trying to hate but I really don't see how this is a good deal? I keep seeing these budget M.2 drives and the truth is they are slower than standard SATA drives, which happen to also be cheaper:http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/WD-Blue-3D-SATA-M2-500GB-vs-Samsung-850-Evo-500GB/m325788vs3477I know everyone says 'you wont notice the difference etc. its only a synthetic result' but from experience you can and will notice the difference. I went from a budget M.2 drive like this to a Samsung 850 SATA drive and the shift was substantial, everything is snappier and opens/loads/saves noticeably quicker. Another thing to take into consideration is drive life/reliability, I appreciate most drives will probably outlive peoples needs/PCs but with the M.2 heating issues on these budget drives you are running the risk.If you are purely limited to an M.2 slot then there are so many better options out there, albeit not as cheap, but as they say "buy cheap, buy twice":http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/WD-Blue-3D-SATA-M2-500GB-vs-Adata-SX8000-NVMe-PCIe-M2-512GB/m325788vsm218488(Or this one) http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/WD-Blue-3D-SATA-M2-500GB-vs-Kingston-SKC1000-NVMe-PCIe-M2-480GB/m325788vsm316248This is a mid-high range M.2 drive but you can see the difference, and in my personal opinion you will also notice the difference.If money is no object (ironic on this site I know (:I) then a drive like this one, which I consider a 'proper' M.2 drive, will be much better in the long run:http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/WD-Blue-3D-SATA-M2-500GB-vs-Samsung-960-Evo-NVMe-PCIe-M2-500GB/m325788vsm204072TLDR: Budget M.2 drives aren't worth it.


You're looking at the wrong stuff. The main difference for these so called M.2 drives is the transfer interface. The so called 'budget' ones are actually SATA ones. The much faster ones are all PCIe ones or what people call NVMe ones. There are quite a few budget NVMe M.2 SSDs in the market and those would be something you should after.
captainjack12 h, 56 m ago

Fake RAM, looking like a RAM stick but it isnt - Super COLD!


nonce?
AsadP201227th Feb

it's the power supply.tw@


Proper fish aint you? Can clearly see its the new slimline graphics card for laptops.
ggchris16 m ago

nonce?



Sorry trying to make you feel comfortable - cant be easy being the only one who still gets his shoes on the wrong feet at this age.
captainjack6 m ago

Proper fish aint you? Can clearly see its the new slimline graphics card …Proper fish aint you? Can clearly see its the new slimline graphics card for laptops.


wots a grafic card mayt?
AsadP201227th Feb

wots a grafic card mayt?



What you use to cool the fridge with - jeez, do you know anything?
Troll !!!!! No,just honest.
Nice, I might get a couple of these for my Accelsior PCI card

heat given
the.ghost15 h, 19 m ago

it not RAM ha ha


Joke was transparent ghost, how did you not see that?
BluCola4 h, 52 m ago

You're looking at the wrong stuff. The main difference for these so called …You're looking at the wrong stuff. The main difference for these so called M.2 drives is the transfer interface. The so called 'budget' ones are actually SATA ones. The much faster ones are all PCIe ones or what people call NVMe ones. There are quite a few budget NVMe M.2 SSDs in the market and those would be something you should after.


Exactly this. He/she is comparing this, which is a M2 SATA drive with either a 2.5" SATA or an M2 PCIE. The Samsung 850 EVO (in 2.5 SATA) doesn't even physically fit in the same space, while the other two (Adata and 960EVO) are M2 plug and 2280 size but use PCIE bus (and not SATA). Not to mention that their price £/GB is nearly twice as much.

The drive in this deal is a M2 SATA, and can only be compared to other similar ones. For me, it's a cold deal. I'll repeat it again, you can get the Crucial MX300 with 525GB at the exact same price (Amazon and Novatech) right now. Or, if you prefer you can wait for the new MX500 that Scan has on preorder for something like £135.

The Samsung SSDs are king of the hill right now if you can fit an NVMe (PCIE), for mid-range SATA ones I'd trust Crucial.
fandyboy16 h, 58 m ago

Which popular high street restaurant runs all of its computers on …Which popular high street restaurant runs all of its computers on SSDs?NANDos.


What is an SSD's favourite musical instrument?

A Nandolin
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Very good sir!
bitcoin539 m ago

What is an SSD's favourite musical instrument?A Nandolin

I can't stress enough that before you go out and buy an M2 SSD, check to see if your hardware supports SATA M2 or the (newer faster) NVMe.
This ok, if you really really need a cheap m.2 drive because you are desperately low on space in your system and you don't have the motherboard for NVMe speeds. However compared to even just the Samsung Evo m2 NVMe drive it is woefully inadequate. ssd.userbenchmark.com/Com…072 Spend the extra £60 on the 960 EVO 500GB it's literally 3x the hardware in terms of speed. It literally loses to it in every category by at least 200%. It's cheap for the storage but little else.
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