Western Digital Gets Back in the SSD Game With Blue and Green SSDs!

Subject: Storage | October 11, 2016 - 11:50 AM |
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, ssd, Green, Blue

It has been over 6 years since we saw an SSD come out of Western Digital, but we suspected some new ones may be coming after their recent acquisition of SanDisk. That say has come, and today we have two new SSD models announced by WD:

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These new SSDs naturally borrow SanDisk 15nm TLC flash but drive that flash with aftermarket controllers. The Blue employs a Marvell 88SS1074 controller while the Green will use a Silicon Motion SM2256S. The Blue will have the typical SATA 6Gbps saturating specs seen in modern SSDs, while the Green will be derated a bit. Detailed specifications are below:

  • Form Factors: 2.5¨/7mm cased, M.2 2280
  • Endurance (Blue):
    • 250GB: 100 TBW
    • 500GB: 200 TBW
    • 1TB: 400 TBW
  • Power (Blue):
    • Slumber: 42mW-52mW
    • DEVSLP: 4.9mW-9.7mW
    • Average Active Power: 70mW
  • Warranty (Blue and Green): 3 years

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The WD Green will be more budget minded and is to be offered in only a 120GB and 240GB form factor, with reduced endurance ratings of 40 TBW and 80 TBW, respectively.

Pricing (for the WD Blue SSD):

  • 250 GB $79.99
  • 500 GB $139.99
  • 1TB $299.99

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The WD Green SSD will be available 'later this quarter', and we do not yet have pricing for that model, but it should come in at a lower cost than the Blue prices above. We have a Blue model in for testing and should see how it fares on our new storage suite later this week.

Press blast after the break.


IRVINE, Calif., October 11, 2016 --  Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital”) (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced WD Blue® and WD Green® solid state drives (SSDs), the first WD-branded SATA client SSDs. The new SSDs complement the company’s industry leading family of hard drives for PCs and workstations, providing a full portfolio of WD storage devices for virtually any application.

The ultimate solution for building DIY PCs, extending the life of current PCs or upgrading existing storage, the WD Blue and WD Green SSDs boast near-maximum speed of SATA drives, best-in-class endurance and MTTF and WD Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) Lab certification, resulting in quick boot times and increased program responsiveness. Consumers benefit from the combination of reliable storage with an industry-leading 1.75M hours MTTF, coupled with reduced power and less heat when compared to HDDs. Both include free, downloadable, WD SSD Dashboard software, which allows continuous performance and capacity monitoring. For consumers who are looking for instant-on responsiveness, durability, low power consumption, and ultra-thin, ultramobile form factors, the WD Blue and WD Green SSDs are the perfect options.

“There is significant demand among our core WD resellers and consumers for a broad set of flash-based storage options,” says Eyal Bek, senior director, Devices Bsiness Unit, Western Digital. “The expansive reach of the WD channel enables availability of a Western Digital SSD solution. We are very proud to have developed and launched WD Blue and WD Green SSDs, and believe they’ll provide the instant-on, reliability and capacity benefits our customers have been demanding.”

Pricing and Availability


For customers looking for enhanced SATA performance, WD Blue SSDs are optimized for multitasking and resource-heavy applications. 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. The WD Blue SSD offers up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s sequential read and write speeds, and endurance up to 400 TBW. Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from $79.00 USD to $299.00 USD and will be available immediately to select customers worldwide and at wd.com.

WD Green SSD

     WD Green SSDs deliver essential-class performance, and are a great option for everyday use. Available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280 form factors, WD Green SSDs deliver an ultra-low power-draw, enabling PC users to work longer between battery charges. WD Green features sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 405MB/s and endurance up to 80TBW. WD Green SSDs will be available later this quarter to select regions and customers.

     Both WD Blue SSDs and WD Green SSDs are protected by a 3-year limited warranty. 

October 11, 2016 | 06:01 PM - Posted by RadioActiveLobster

$0.30 a GB for the 1 TB WD Blue.

Shrout's Law still not achievable yet...

October 11, 2016 | 06:06 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

So will this come with a nice SSD tweaking utility like Samsung does with their drives (aka. Samsung Magician).

October 11, 2016 | 06:38 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

They do have their own utility, but it is likely not nearly as mature as Magician. 

October 11, 2016 | 11:21 PM - Posted by duttyfoot (not verified)

its a pity they took so long to get in the SSD game

October 12, 2016 | 12:20 PM - Posted by remc86007

I'm glad they kept pushing HDD development. Competition is good. Look at how much better HDDs are now than five years ago when SSDs took off.

October 12, 2016 | 01:06 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

Is this a sarcastic post? HDD's cost the same as they did 5 years ago in Canada (also thanks to our weakening dollar). WD and Seagate consolidating the market into a duopoly and artificially jacking up HDD prices while using the excuse of the floods mean they'll never again see a dollar from me for any product. My collection of drives laying around will last me until SSD completely wipes out the HDD consumer market and WD/Seagate fade into the nothingness.

October 12, 2016 | 11:20 PM - Posted by ToiLeTBuG (not verified)

A 1TB HD is $50. That is NOT Rape!
The change over is coming slowly what's new?
These SSD's are perfect for older laptops or older pc's for our parents and the non-knowing users.
No more calls on "why is my Computer slow?"
(Add in squeeky old lady voice)

Oh wait, crap! We gonna get those no matter what!

October 13, 2016 | 07:50 PM - Posted by TigerClaw (not verified)

While the Blue SSDs would be for the multitasking stuff, Eventually they are gonna have to make Black versions of these, Something that can compete against SSDs like the Samsung 850 Pro.

October 16, 2016 | 01:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


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