With its fast, reliable memory ,Western Digital offers some of the best SSDs you can buy. Its WD Blue SN550 in particular has long been known as one of the best budget drives (although recent units have seen performance drops when the SLC cache is depleted), and now it's on sale for close to its lowest ever price.
It's a DRAMless drive, but the WD Blue SN550 offers strong performance with sequential read/write speeds up to 2,400 and 1,750 MBps respectively. It also has a Western Digital-designed controller for great efficiency and durability, and a fully-featured software suite to constantly monitor the health of your purchase.
We covered an $84 Prime Day price drop for the WD Blue SN550 1TB model not long ago, but a new $89 sale on this drive from Newegg is giving us Prime Day level sales without the need for any special event.
WD Blue SN550 1TB: was $129, now $89 at Newegg with code SSDSEPT48
This PCIe 3.0 3D NAND drive offers fast speeds, a custom-designed controller and firmware for optimized performance, plus a comprehensive software suite that monitors the health of your SSD constantly. Get an extra $10 off with the code SSDSEPT48.
Check out our WD Blue SN550 SSD review to see our full benchmarks showing off this DRAMless SSD's power. But in short, it offers seriously competitive performance that outranks its own price range (ranking highly in our PC Mark 10 storage and Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers loading tests), and stands out as one of the most consistent performing low cost PCIe SSDs available.
Plus, for long-term peace of mind, it comes with a 5-year warranty.
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Considering they have been switching out parts, pass.Reply
It’s a steal for budget laptops, thanks!Reply
Did you miss the article: SN550 Performance Cut? You really should be mentioning that in your article in the name of good journalism.
Shouldn't this link to https://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-blue-sn550-ssd-performance-cut-in-half-slc-runs-out (and maybe the original review linked to from here needs to an UPDATE: on it, since it still says e.g. TLC)?Reply
Don't think it should actually change most folks' decision -- sustained write rate over many GBs isn't such a big deal for most users, and I bet most of those that that do care about it aren't shopping for bargain SSDs -- but supporting the recommendation with a review of what we now know isn't quite the same device doesn't look great. (I bet these affiliate-link posts aren't really treated like editorial content, but it all looks the same on the site; something like this probably rates a mention!)