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Review: WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD (500GB)

by Parm Mann on 28 March 2019, 14:00


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Test Methodology

HEXUS SSD Test Bench

Hardware Components Product Page
Processor Intel Core i7-8700K (overclocked to 4.8GHz)
Motherboard Asus ROG Maximus X Hero
Graphics Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio
Memory G.Skill Trident Z 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-3200
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1,000W
Primary Storage 256GB WD Black PCIe SSD
Secondary Storage 1TB Crucial MX300 SATA SSD
Chassis be quiet! Dark Base 700
Monitor iiyama ProLite X4071UHSU-B1
Operating system Windows 10 Pro

Comparison Drive Configurations

Model Capacity Form Factor Controller Firmware Protocol / Interface Reviewed
HEXUS Review
Corsair Force Series MP510 960GB M.2 2280 Phison-E12 ECFM11.0 NVMe / PCIe x4 £220 Dec 2018
Crucial MX300 1TB 2.5in Marvell 88SS1074 M0CR060 AHCI / SATA 3.0 N/A N/A
HyperX Fury RGB 480GB 2.5in Marvell 88SS1074 000056R8 AHCI / SATA 3.0 £115 Dec 2018
Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 2280 Samsung UBX 2B0QBXX7 NVMe / PCIe x4 N/A N/A
WD Black NVMe 1TB M.2 2280 WD B35590WD NVMe / PCIe x4 £375 Apr 2018
WD Black SN750 NVMe 1TB M.2 2280 WD B35590WD NVMe / PCIe x4 £230 Jan 2019
WD Blue SN500 NVMe 500GB M.2 2280 WD 201000WD NVMe / PCIe x2 £67 Mar 2019


CrystalDiskMark CrystalDiskMark provides various storage benchmarks, but we're interested in the returned 32-thread 4K performance numbers to see how well the drives fare when tasked with numerous small transfers.
DiskBench A small program that accurately measures the time taken to read and write folders on to the same drive.
PCMark 8 PCMark 8's storage test is a collection of workloads that isolate the performance of the PC's storage system.
Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood An alternative storage benchmark used to gauge game load time.