Western Digital has announced the launch of two new SSD lineups. Western Digital is best known for its hard drives,but they do offer more than that. The company acquired SanDisk for $19 billion last year, and SanDisk has a lot of experience making SSDs. So these two lineups are branded under Western Digital and SanDisk each.
They are the first SSDs based on SanDisk’s 64 layer 3D NAND chips. They are all about more speed and capacity.
The chips offer increased capacity, lower power consumption, and greater speeds. They are targeted toward DIY enthusiasts, system builders, and resellers. The two lineups are called Western Digital Blue and SanDisk Ultra 3D. They are similar when it comes to capacity. They also use the same controllers and have similar performance numbers. The WD Blue offers a M.2 2280 device which the SanDisk SSD doesn’t.
Both will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities in conventional 2.5 inch cased drives. Both deliver up to 560MB and 530MB of sequential read and write speeds. Prices start at $99 for the 250GB model and go up from there. The SSDs will come with a 3 year limited warranty and they will be available for purchase in the third quarter of this year. You can purchase them then.