We have looked at quite a few budget and mainstream solid state drives over the past year or so from the likes of OCZ Technology, Patriot Memory and Transcend. At first glance this may seem a bit odd to the casual observer when you consider that none of these companies are known for producing traditional mass storage drives. But as we know, SSDs are comprised of physical memory chips which is exactly what all of these companies specialize in. Even so, it just seemed unnatural to discuss this new storage medium without the presence of storage giants like Western Digital and Seagate. Just over two months ago, however, Western Digital silenced my concerns and introduced their first consumer-grade solid state drive, the SiliconEdge Blue in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Today we will be taking a look at the 64GB model and see how it compares to other similarly-priced products.
Western Digital only sells the SiliconEdge as an OEM drive so all you get is a small brown box with the drive wrapped in an anti-static bag. If you are planning to drop this into a notebook, this is perfectly acceptable. Users who are eyeballing the SiliconEdge for their desktop may need to pick up a 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter if their case doesn't support internal 2.5" drive mounting. Since there is no fancy retail packaging, I have reproduced the drive specifications from Western Digital's website below.
While I only listed the specs for this 64GB version, I want to point out that read / write speeds are the same for all capacity drives. This differs from most manufacturers where their smaller capacity drives usually function slower than their larger capacity siblings.
Continue ahead as we take a closer look at Western Digital's first ever solid state drive.