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WD Unveils Affordable Blue SN570 NVMe SSD, and No, It’s not PCIe 4.0-ready

Western Digital today announced the WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD, somewhat of an upgrade to its previous WD Blue SN550.

Unlike the trend seen in the Samsung 980 PRO, Crucial P5 Plus, or the Seagate IronWolf 525, the new SSD doesn’t feature the latest PCIe 4.0.

But that might not be an all-bad thing.

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The new WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD

WD Blue SN570: A more affordable alternative

That’s because WD Blue SN570 comes with a price that most of us can stomach, starting with the suggested retail price of just $49.99 for 250GB — you can expect the street price to be soon even lower.

And as an NVMe SSD, even with PCIe 3.0, the SN570 is slated to be fast. WD says it has sequential read speeds of up to 3,500MB/s or five times any SATA SSD.

As for endurance, the second most crucial factor of an SSD, the Blue SN570, is rather modes with the rating of some 0.3 DWPD (drive written per day) and a five-year warranty. That means you can write up to a third of the drive’s total capacity per day and every day for five years.

If you want to put that in the total amount of data, it has the rating of 150TBW, 300TBW, and 600TBW for the 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, respectively. That’s the same as the more expensive Crucial P5 or the Samsung 980 PRO.

Considering WD calls the Blue as an SSD “built with creators in mind, providing fast speeds, data protection, and endurance to support their creative vision,” though, I was hoping that its endurance would be better.

But again, for the cost, the new SSD still seems a great NVMe option.

WD Blue SN570 WD Blue SN550
Capacity / Part Number250GB / WDS250G3B0C
500GB / WDS500G3B0C
1TB / WDS100T3B0C
250GB / WDS250G2B0C
500GB / WDS500G2B0C
1TB / WDS100T2B0C
Form Factors M.2 2280 
(80mm x 22mm x 2.38mm)
M.2 2280 
(80mm x 22mm x 2.38mm)
InterfacePCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe v1.4 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe v1.3
Endurance 
(Terabytes Written)
250GB: 150 TBW
500GB: 300TBW
1TB: 600TBW
250GB: 150 TBW
500GB: 300TBW
1TB: 600TBW
Seq. Read (up to)3,500MB/s2,400 MB/s
Seq. Write (up to) 250GB: 1200MB/s
500GB: 2300MB/s
1TB: 3000MB/s
950 MB/s
Warranty5 Years5 Years
MSRP 250GB: $49.99
500GB: $59.99
1TB: $109.99
250GB: $54.99
500GB: $64.99
1TB: $99.99
WD Blue SN570 vs SN550: Hardware specifications.

Availability

WD says the WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD is available today, costing $49.99, $59.99, and $109.99 for the 250GB, 500G, and 1TB capacities, respectively. Overall, this is one of the most affordable NVMe SSD on the market.

Curious about how well the new drive performs? Get one yourself, or check back soon for its full review.

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