Western Digital, a global provider of storage technologies and solutions, announced the availability of the WD Blue and WD Green Solid State Drives (SSDs) as well as the in South Africa.
The company gave journalists a detailed briefing on their new products at an event in Johannesburg. With the South African market having changed with consumers now making more measured purchasing decisions, looking for sizable storage with the added advantage of speed and increased reliability has become important.
“This is where WD SSDs come in. The Green drive is the ultimate mix of performance and value for money. Suitable for everyday use, it’s ideal to enhance the lifecycle and supplement the performance of an aging laptop or desktop,” explains Kalvin Subbadu, Western Digital Storage Technology sales manager for SA.
WD Blue SSD
• Optimised for multitasking, creating the ability to run resource-heavy applications simultaneously without experiencing system slow-down.
• Perfect in either a notebook or desktop PC, WD Blue SSDs are available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280 form factors.
• Delivers sequential read and write times at 540MB/s and 500MB/s for the 250 GB drive and 545MB/s and 525MB/s for the 500 GB and 1TB drive, with endurance times at 100 TBW (250 GB), 200 TBW (500 GB) and 400 TBW (1TB).
When discussing the Blue drive Subbadu said that “the Blue drive is aimed at DIY computing enthusiasts, gamers and content creators because these kinds of users are looking for a high-performance drive to meet their demands for speed,”.
WD Green SDD
• Great option for the first-time SSD user offering affordable performance and sizeable storage options.
• Available in 120GB and 240B capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280 form factors.
• Capable of ultra-low power-draw to enable PC usage for longer periods between battery charges.
• Delivers sequential read and write times at 540MB/s and 405MB/s and endurance at 40TBW for 120GB drive and 80TBW for 240GB drive.
The Green SSD is more focused on the emerging markets and could be run simultaneously with a an external hard drive and is targeted at people who need an affordable upgrade on their laptop.
Pricing and Availability
WD Blue SSD
WD Blue SSDs are available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280 form factors. WD Blue SSDs have a recommended retail price starting from of R1429.00 and are currently available at selected retail outlets.
WD Green SDD
WD Green SSD’s are available in 120GB and 240B capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280 form factors. WD Green SSDs have a recommended retail price starting from R799.00 and are currently available at selected retail outlets.
Both WD Blue SSDs and WD Green SSDs are protected by a 3-year limited warranty.
By Dean Workman