Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue SSD Review
Western Digitalís first consumer SSD is called the SiliconEdge Blue. SiliconEdge is the brand of WDís SSDs, and the Blue label indicates that this isnít a high performance drive. WDís color naming scheme is pretty simple to figure out. Green means energy efficient, blue means mainstream and black is reserved for the highest performing drives. In talking to the drive maker I got the distinct impression that weíd be hearing about a Black label SSD in the coming months, but for now itís strictly mainstream.
Western Digital's SiliconEdge Blue is just a bit behind the performance of an Indilinx based SSD. The drive performed relatively well in our tests. TRIM worked as expected under Windows 7. Compared to a standard hard drive it's great, but so are just about all other SSDs.
The SiliconEdge Blue may end up being a device to test the waters with a competitive, more heavily engineered solution coming out later on.It just strikes me as odd for hard drive manufacturers with decades of experience in firmware development and data access patterns, to not come out of the gates swinging.
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