Western Digital earlier announced the development of 64-layer and 96-layer 3D NAND technologies, and now, they are introducing the availability of consumer-grade WD Blue 3D NAND SSDs and SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs. These are the world’s first consumer-grade solid state drives that use the 64-layer 3D NAND technology to deliver lower power consumption with higher performance, endurance and capacities.
The WD + SanDisk SSDs With 64-Layer 3D NAND Technology
Targeting DIY enthusiasts, resellers and system builders, the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs boast an industry-leading 1.75 million hours MTTF, as well as the quality backing of WD Functional Integrity Testing Lab (F.I.T. Lab) certification.
The SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs, on the other hand, are intended for gaming and creative enthusiasts who want to improve their PCs. The product delivers enhanced endurance and reliability, no-wait boot-up, shorter application load times, and quicker data transfers.
The WD 3D NAND Technology
Western Digital first announced their 64-layer 3D NAND technology, also known as BiCS3, last year. However, it was only slated for commercial volume production in the first half of 2017.
BiCS3 was developed jointly with their technology and manufacturing partner, Toshiba. It not only uses 64-layers, but also 3-bits-per-cell technology to achieve high capacity (256 to 512 gigabits per chip) and performance at a much lower cost.
Availability & Pricing
The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs and SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs are available in storage capacities from 250 GB to 2 TB in the traditional 2.5-inch / 7mm cased drive form factor. They have the same MSRP:
- 2TB WD Blue | SanDisk Ultra 3D : RM 3,800 / ~US$ 900
- 1TB WD Blue | SanDisk Ultra 3D : RM 2,000 / ~US$ 475
- 500GB WD Blue | SanDisk Ultra 3D : RM 1,100 / ~US$ 260
- 250GB WD Blue | SanDisk Ultra 3D : RM 620 / ~US$ 147
The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs are also available in the single-sided M.2 2280 form factor at the following prices:
- 2TB WD Blue 3D NAND M.2 2280 SSD : RM 3,950 / ~US$ 940
- 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND M.2 2280 SSD : RM 2,100 / ~US$ 500
- 500GB WD Blue 3D NAND M.2 2280 SSD : RM 1,150 / ~US$ 275
- 250GB WD Blue 3D NAND M.2 2280 SSD : RM 640 / ~US$ 152
All WD Blue 3D NAND SATA and SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs come with a three-year limited warranty.