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WD Blue and SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND SSDs announced

By Ian Chee - on 27 Sep 2017, 2:26pm

WD Blue and SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND SSDs announced

Western Digital today unveiled the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD and the SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND SSD, both touted as the world's first client SSD with WD's 64-layer 3D NAND technology.

From L-R: Margaret Koh, Director of Sales, Asia South, WD; and Hui Low, Product Marketing Manager, APAC, WD with the new SanDisk Ultra and WD Blue 3D NAND SSDs.

Specification-wise, they are pretty much identical. Both run on SATA 6Gbps interface, and offer shock resistance up to 1,500 G @ 0.5m/s. They even come with the same 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB configurations. There are some slight differences, of course. For one, the WD Blue comes in both 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors. Another is the minute difference between WD Blue's and SanDisk Ultra's 2.5-inch form factor. The WD Blue measures in at 100.20 x 69.85 x 7.00 mm, while the SanDisk Ultra is indiscernibly larger at 100.50 x 69.95 x 7.00 mm.

So why two different brands for essentially identical products? WD says this is so that consumers who are familiar with either WD or SanDisk can continue supporting their favorite brands, as not everyone is aware of its SanDisk acquisition. As for the absence of SanDisk’s version of the M.2 SSDs, the company says that this is simply because the consumers who are likely to get an M.2 drive would be more familiar with the WD name than SanDisk.

In terms of pricing, it’s also similar across the board. Both WD Blue 3D NAND SSD and SanDisk Ultra SSD will be priced at RM620 for the 250GB variant, RM1,100 for 500GB, RM2,100 for 1TB, and RM3,800 for 2TB. As for the WD Blue M.2 2280, it’s RM640 for 250GB, RM1,150 for 500GB, RM2,100 for 1TB, and RM3,950 for 2TB.

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