Another day, one other set of SSD offers, and this time it is on the wonderful WD Blue SN550, which is my present NVMe SSD of selection over in our greatest SSD rankings. It’s the 500GB and 2TB fashions which have hit good costs at the moment, with each capacities matching their earlier all-time lows of £50 and £180 apiece. The former matches what the 500GB mannequin went for over Amazon Prime Day, too, supplying you with one other likelihood to choose up this nice worth SSD at its greatest ever price.
The WD Blue SN550 is a fantastic worth SSD for these after a fast but wallet-friendly NVMe drive, because it presents PCIe 3.0 speeds for a similar kind of costs as slower SATA fashions. You’ll want to ensure you’ve bought a appropriate motherboard with a free M.2 slot so as to use it, of course, however most trendy motherboards include a minimum of one M.2 slot today, if not two or three relying on how fancy it is.
In equity, the whole financial savings on WD’s Blue SN550 aren’t as huge as another NVMe drives which have been discounted as half of Amazon UK’s Spring sale this week, and people after a fair cheaper NVMe SSD ought to flip their consideration to Amazon’s deal on the Crucial P2. There, you will get a 500GB P2 for simply £44, whereas the 1TB mannequin is a bargain-tastic £71.
The P2 really has a sooner random learn velocity than the SN550, coming in at 54MB/s in my exams versus the SN550’s 44MB/s, however the SN550 has a a lot sooner random write velocity (157MB/s as opposed to 117MB/s). The SN550 additionally got here out on high in my switch velocity exams, too, and presents marginally sooner loading instances in video games, too, typically beating the P2 by a pair of seconds in my benchmark exams. They’re each nice drives, although, and I’m certain you will be proud of whichever one you resolve to go for.
I must also notice that the 1TB Blue SN550 has, admittedly, been cheaper up to now – its lowest price was £80 over Black Friday – however I’ve included it above anyway because it usually goes for round £95 when it is not on sale. In any case, it is nonetheless higher than paying £110 for a 1TB WD Black SN750 drive, and undoubtedly a a lot better use of your cash than spending £142 on a 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus.