Solid state storage prices have been coming down as of late, but they are still usually considerably more expensive than their hard drive counterparts. For example, you can snag a 1TB, 7200RPM Western Digital Blue HDD for around $50, whereas you’d be paying upwards of $150 for a basic 1TB SSD equivalent.
While the price disparity between HDDs and SSDs probably won’t be fully eliminated anytime soon, Western Digital is making the entry point for high-performance SSDs significantly more appealing with the announcement of their new Blue SN500 storage device.
Priced at $54.99 for a 250GB version, or $77.99 for a 500GB version, the NVMe-based SN500 costs about the same as Samsung’s 500GB 860 Evo – the key difference is that the latter device uses much slower SATA technology.
As a result, the SN500 offers read and write speeds that are up to three times as fast as the 860 Evo, meaning it could bring significantly more value to the table; in theory, anyway – we’ve yet to test the SN500 for ourselves.