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WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD review: Budget storage

WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD review: Budget storage

WD Blue SN570

Unlike other more expensive NVMe drives, the WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD takes a more wallet-friendly approach. However, this comes at a slight performance hit for the lowest-end model in write speeds. But this makes it perfect to use as an operating system (OS) drive, or one for storing data due to its endurance — the 1TB version will let you write up to 600 terabytes of data.

Quick specs

  • 250GB/500GB/1TB
  • Read speeds of 3,300MB/s (250GB), 3,500MB/s (500GB/1TB)
  • Write speeds of 1,200MB/s (250GB), 2,300MB/s (500GB), 3,000 (1TB)
  • TBW (terabytes written) Endurance 150 (250GB) 300 (500GB) 600 (1TB)

Retailing at S$185 for the 1TB version, the SN570 is cheaper than the WD Black SN750 SE. The SN750 SE is meant for gaming and offers slightly better performance, and features PCIe 4.0 support, while SN570 sticks to PCIe 3.0. Since the drive hits close to max PCIe 3.0 performance anyway, it shouldn't matter.

WD Blue SN570
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On the speed side of things, the 1TB SN570 we tested offered speeds pretty close to spec. You will get 3,174.16 MB/s read and 2,834.78 MB/s write speeds based on the CrystalDiskMark 8 tests. A folder containing about 20GB worth of files took about 18s to transfer over. That puts it at about 1.1GB per second. I also noticed that speeds would slow towards the end of the transfer, but the initial burst is zippy.

WD Blue SN570
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The performance results mean that this NVMe drive will do fine for quick writes, and read speeds shouldn't be an issue. But if you're going to be doing a lot of file transfers, you may want to consider a faster NVMe drive, such as the Samsung 980 NVMe SSD. Otherwise, as mentioned, using this SSD for daily tasks or as your OS drive works fine.

Retailing at S$79 (250GB), S$105 (500GB), or S$185 (1TB), the WD Blue SN570 is a pretty good buy to quickly upgrade your system's speed. I do recommend skipping the 250GB version, its slower write speeds may not be ideal. The 500GB is a great sweet spot, though. Get it from Lazada or Shopee.

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