Western Digital (WD) announced they have joined the Solid State Drive (SSD) foray with their new WD SiliconEdge 2.5-inch SSD family of storage solutions. To me, reliability and speed go hand-and-hand, with the introduction of SSDs to the WD lineup both of those concerns are addressed.
The WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs are “rated” by WD with read speeds of up to 250 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write transfer rates up to 170 MB/s. That’s quite a fast family of drives. In comarisson the 2.5-inch Western Digital WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB, 5400 rpm model tested at 67.30 MB/s and the Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 320 GB, 7200 rpm tested in at 63.96 MB/s, according to Toms Hardware using the h2benchw tool.
With no moving parts, increased speeds, and ruggedness, SSDs are tolerant to drops, shocks and vibrations. They will also lower the power consumption on your system, thus increasing your battery life. The downside, they are still expensive as hell. Western Digital’s suggested retail price for their 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB are $279.00, $529.00 and $999.00 USD respectively.
Western Digital is looking to get their SSDs into OEMs as buildable upgrades for consumers, these drives will definitely appeal to mobile professionals, and with 250,000 hours of life expectancy they capable of enduring read-intensive applications.