REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER
For our Real World File Transfer Comparison of the world’s top M.2 NVMe SSDs, we have included the Samsung 970 Pro, Kingston A1000, Samsung 860 EVO, HP EX900 and WD Black 7200 HDD in our testing of the WD Blue SN500 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD. This test is conducted through the transfer of data from one spot on the test drive to another to give us the truest of transfer speed results for that device.
Our Real World File Comparison is without a doubt the best depiction of performance with respect to the SN500. Looking at the chart, the Samsung 970 Pro is the best we have tested to date, while the Kingston A1000 is our most recent PCIe x 2 (two lane) and probably the most comparable drive to the SN500, although the prices don’t compare with the SN500 being much cheaper. As well the HP EX900 is a PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD that falls well behind the SN500 and the WD Black hard drive… well that was back when we could get up and grab a coffee while doing data and media transfers.
REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Getting back to where we started, the three most important variables determining an SSDs success today are price, performance and warranty. Warranty is the easiest as the SN500 comes with a 5-year limited warranty which is just about the best in the industry right now, while the average is still 3-years. WD has a great name which is backed up with their SanDisk purchase and we don’t think there are any concerns whatsoever with product quality and customer support. In fact, we think their availability of the free WD SSD Dashboard to maintain your SSD is terrific; this software being amongst the best in the industry.
In fact, their Performance Menu which depicts Windows Performance Monitor is a bit addicting as one can leave it up and running, watching disk speeds, during their normal activities. In this instance, we can tell that we ran ATTO prior to Crystal DiskMark.
Performance. 1.7GB/s read, 1.4GB/s write and over 300K IOPS is the best we have ever seen from a two lane SSD and, in fact, you might find that one or two of our recent reviews of PCIe 3.0 X4 enthusiast SSDs are sitting in the 300K IOPS range.
Now for price. We are finding this SSD as a new release on Amazon dead on its MSRP. Looking at those around it, we find the Kingston A1000 (its closest competitor) at just over $100 higher, and we are seeing SATA3 SSDs in the same range some higher and some lower. There is a competitor, however in the newest PCIe 3.0 x4 Mushkin Pilot NVMe SSD which gets significantly higher performance while being a few bucks lower. Still, the prices we are seeing for the WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSDs are right where they should be.