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WD Blue 3D & SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB SATA III SSDs Review

By Jon Coulter from Sep 6, 2017 @ 11:14 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: SanDisk

Western Digital Blue 3D & SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB SATA III SSDs




Both SSDs ship in familiar packaging. The Ultra 3D in familiar red and gray and the Blue 3D in the familiar blue and white themed packaging. An image of the enclosed SSD is featured on the front. The drive's sequential read/write performance is advertised here as well. The Blue's 3-year limited warranty is advertised on the front of its packaging.




The rear of the Ultra's packaging advertises the drives 3-year limited warranty. The rear of the Blue's packaging suggests that the ideal PC can be built with dual storage from WD: SSD+HDD.





Both drives ship with printed support and warranty guides. The Ultra ships with a printed leaflet that tells you where you can download the SanDisk SSD Dashboard SSD toolbox. WD offers a similar downloadable toolbox but leaves it up to the buyer to figure out where to get it. You can get it HERE You can also download Acronis True Image WD Edition software on the same page. With Acronis, you can easily migrate your current system disk over to your new WD SSD.




The top of the drive's enclosure is made from plastic.




The bottom and sides of the drive enclosure are formed from sheet aluminum. There is a manufacturers' label that lists the particulars of the SSD.




Because both SSDs are identical other than the manufacturers' sticker, we are only opening one of them. The enclosure is held together with four screws that are located under the label on the back of the drive's enclosure. There is a thermal pad placed on the drive's controller.




The drive features a full-length PCB that is populated with a Marvell 88SS1074 4-channel controller, eight 128GB 3D NAND packages and one 1024MB Micron DDR DRAM package.




The back half of the blue PCB is devoid of components.




A close-in view of the drive's Marvell 88SS1074 controller and Micron DRAM package.

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