Western Digital earlier this week has unveiled its first ever WD-branded consumer solid state drive unde the WD Green and WD Blue series. Made possible by the company’s recent acquisition of SanDisk, these new SATA III SSDs are available in the form of 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form factors.
Designed for resource heavy applications such as gaming, high definition media playback, and creative software, the Blue SSDs offers maximum sequential read and write speed of up to 545 MB/s and 525 MB/s respectively. As for the Green SSDs which are designed for everyday computing with emphasis on power efficiency, their maximum read and write speed are not lacking as well as at 540 MB/s and 465 MB/s respectively.
Another factor that separated both series apart is their endurance. Being a higher-end series, the endurance rating (measured in terabytes written) of Blue SSDs is much higher at up to 400 TBW as opposed to the Green SSDs which goes up to 80 TBW. That being said, both series still have the same reliability rating (Mean Time To Failure) of up to 1.75 million hours.
In terms of storage space, the Blue SSDs can be obtained with 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities while the Green SSDs are available with 120GB and 240GB capacities. Consumers can expect to see the new WD Blue SSDs in Malaysia at end of October, followed by the Green SSDs in November although the Malaysian pricing for any of these SSDs are yet to be confirmed.