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Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 128GB review

Western Digital get in the SSD game

Our Verdict

For

  • A good effort from the HD maker
  • Decent all-round throughput

Against

  • WD has prioritised reliability
  • Overpriced given the performance

Disruptive new technologies tend to make established players look fl at-footed. So it was that a small Californian company called Tesla beat mighty and historic brands including Porsche and Ferrari to market with the first pukka electric sports car.

It's the same story when it comes to SSDs. A dozen drives from seven manufacturers make up our Supertest this month, but only the SiliconEdge Blue comes from a traditional hard drive maker, namely Western Digital.

Of course, when you think about it that makes perfect sense. Technologically speaking, spinning magnetic platters and NAND flash memory chips share little in common.

Still, that hasn't stopped WD from cashing in on its well-earned reputation for reliability with the SiliconEdge Blue, its first mainstream consumer SSD.

Instead of shouting about monster peak performance numbers, WD is emphasising ruggedness, reliability and rigorous data integrity. To that end, the Blue has automatic error correction and advanced wear-levelling. It also supports the Windows 7 TRIM, which is pretty much a given at this price point.

As for performance, the synthetics look solid enough in terms of sequential read and write performance.

Solid performance

The 4k random throughput is a little off the pace at around 10MB/s – not that it seems to hurt application performance. The Blue tears through our file decompression and game level load tests near-as-dammit as quick as any other drive.

Overall, this offering seems like a solid drive at a fair price. It just doesn't do anything to mark itself out from the competition.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilySiliconEdge Blue
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameWD
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity128 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS-6, WEEE
Maximum Read Transfer Rate250 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate170 MBps
Height9.5 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth98.9 mm
ManufacturerWestern Digital Corporation
Product ModelSSC-D0128SC-2100
Product NameSiliconEdge Blue SSC-D0128SC-2100 MLC Solid State Drive
Product LineSiliconEdge Blue
Manufacturer Part NumberSSC-D0128SC-2100
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wdc.com
Marketing Information

WD SiliconEdge Blue is ideal for read-intensive applications requiring high performance, excellent reliability, and plug-and-play compatibility. This solid state drive will satisfy the most demanding technology enthusiasts and bring a new level of performance and ruggedness to laptop and desktop PCs.