Western Digital Delivers Mainstream WD Blue And WD Green SSDs

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Once you’ve tasted the sweet performance goodness offered by solid state drives (SSDs), it’s hard to go back to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) for your data needs. Western Digital is hoping to go after mainstream customers that are looking for a quick and easy speed boost with its new WD Blue and WD Green SSDs.

The WD Blue series is available in both 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form-factors in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. Western Digital says that the drives — which are targeted at both desktop and notebook users — offer sequential read and write speeds of 545 MB/sec and 525 MB/sec respectively and offer an endurance rating of 400 terabytes written (TBW). The 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB offerings are priced at $79.99, $139.99 and $299.99 respectively and are available right now to purchase direct from Western Digital.

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In addition, Western Digital has the WD Green family, which is also available in 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form-factors. These ultra-low power SSDs allow mobile users to squeeze out even more battery life from their machines, but that power efficiency comes at the expense of performance and durability. Western Digital says the WD Green SSDs feature sequential read and write speeds of 540 MB/sec and 525 MB/sec respectively and have an endurance rating of up to 80 TBW. WD Green SSDs can be had in both 120GB and 240GB capacities, but pricing and availability isn’t known at this time.

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“There is significant demand among our core WD resellers and consumers for a broad set of flash-based storage options,” says Eyal Bek, Western Digital’s Senior Director for the Devices Business Unit. “We are very proud to have developed and launched WD Blue and WD Green SSDs, and believe they’ll provide the instant-on, reliability and capacity benefits our customers have been demanding.”

The WD Blue and WD Green family SSDs all come backed by a 3-year limited warranty.