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Western Digital Announces New Consumer SSDs

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WD launches new SSDs.

Western Digital today announced a new line of solid state drives aimed at the consumer as part of the SiliconEdge 2.5-inch SSD family.

The new drives, dubbed the WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs, come in capacities up to 256GB with a SATA 3.0Gb/s interface and have read speeds up to 250MB/s and write transfer rates up to 170MB/s.

WD boasts that its new multi-level cell (MLC) -based SSDs feature patented and patent-pending technologies, such as advanced wear-leveling and error correction control, though the company didn't explain how they differ from other SSD makers. The SiliconEdge Blue drives also support TRIM and NCQ (Native Command Queuing).

While these are consumer level drives, they're not going to be cheap. The MSRP for the 64GB model capacity is $279, the 128GB capacity is $529.00 and the 256GB capacity is $999.00 USD.

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    beatcoaster , March 3, 2010 6:46 PM
    doesn't sound like consumer level pricing to me either!!
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    volks1470 , March 3, 2010 6:22 PM
    Seems kinda pricey to me
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    nforce4max , March 3, 2010 7:00 PM
    Let me check if I can afford this

    Job...... There are none
    Loans.... Needed for general living expenses
    Lotto winnings... Dream on

    Priceless
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  • 17 Hide
    volks1470 , March 3, 2010 6:22 PM
    Seems kinda pricey to me
  • 18 Hide
    beatcoaster , March 3, 2010 6:46 PM
    doesn't sound like consumer level pricing to me either!!
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    redplanet_returns , March 3, 2010 6:49 PM
    it uses JMicro controller supposedly, along with unimpressive performance for top-dollar...no thanks WD
  • 10 Hide
    nforce4max , March 3, 2010 7:00 PM
    Let me check if I can afford this

    Job...... There are none
    Loans.... Needed for general living expenses
    Lotto winnings... Dream on

    Priceless
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    dark_lord69 , March 3, 2010 7:01 PM
    I think OCZ sells 64GB drives cheaper than these.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2010 7:05 PM
    This review shows not only below-average performance but also points to some potentially serious issues with garbage collection.

    http://www.storagereview.com/western_digital_siliconedge_blue_ssd_review
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    docimian , March 3, 2010 7:05 PM
    210$ for the proven IOPS of an 80GB intel... why even look at this?
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    meat81 , March 3, 2010 7:15 PM
    its good to see a main stream manufacture get on the ssd bandwagon. Even though their prices seem high now, I am hoping htis will start the price war on these drives.
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    igot1forya , March 3, 2010 7:21 PM
    What's the purpose of NCQ in an SSD? There's no rotating platter or a need to prioritize landing zones. Is this feature for real?
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    brendano257 , March 3, 2010 7:24 PM
    dark_lord69I think OCZ sells 64GB drives cheaper than these.


    Yeah, of course a 64GB would sell for less than a 128GB or 256GB? But yes they are VERY pricey.

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    hobbes_tx , March 3, 2010 7:26 PM
    They are already selling them on newegg.
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    dwave , March 3, 2010 7:32 PM
    brendano257Yeah, of course a 64GB would sell for less than a 128GB or 256GB? But yes they are VERY pricey.


    They have the 64GB model listed too, it is $279.

    dark_lord69I think OCZ sells 64GB drives cheaper than these.


    Newegg has an OCZ 64gb for $189, so you are right.

    When they come down in price I will get one.
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    dwave , March 3, 2010 7:35 PM
    Sorry, the OCZ was 60GB for 189!
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    falchard , March 3, 2010 7:40 PM
    Why would you buy a SATA SSD with 256GB space for $999 when you can buy a PCI-e SSD with 256GB space for $1059?
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    Bluescreendeath , March 3, 2010 7:43 PM
    80GB X25-M Intel SSDs sell for about $260 on Amazon and Newegg and come with version2 Trim and 32nm tech. These WD SSDs are a ripoff.
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    JD13 , March 3, 2010 7:45 PM
    From all the reading that I've been doing on the HDD vs SSD; The SSD's " aren't there yet". I'd wait at least another generation to jump on their wagon. I'll stick with the slower 1 TB drives for $100.00.
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    hakesterman , March 3, 2010 8:34 PM
    Why would you buy a SATA SSD with 256GB space for $999 when you can buy a PCI-e SSD with 256GB space for $1059????????

    I don't believe the PCI -SSD is bootable, therefore it can not replace your Hard Drive but rather be a second storage device. The average Joe isn't going to buy either of these yet, probably not for another 3 years when
    the price is resasonable.
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    El_Capitan , March 3, 2010 9:06 PM
    Price will never drop for SSD's until everyone stops buying at these ridiculous prices.
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    eklipz330 , March 3, 2010 9:17 PM
    El_CapitanPrice will never drop for SSD's until everyone stops buying at these ridiculous prices.

    u make me lol so hard


    and WD is FINALLY IN THE MARKET? i remember a year ago they were bitching at the fact that 'there is no market for ssd's yet'...but they still manage to release overpriced, sub-par performing ssd's
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    zoemayne , March 3, 2010 9:22 PM
    Why would anyone want a blue edition SSD why would they manufacture such. All WD SSDs should be black editions.
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