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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 08 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
WD SiliconEdge-Blue SSD SSC-D0256SC-2100
Features and Specifications
First Look: WD SiliconEdge-Blue
JMicron JMF612 SSD Controller
SSD Testing Methodology
ATTO Disk Benchmark
HD Tune Pro Benchmarks
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark Tests
SSD vs Hard Disk Drive
WD SiliconEdge-Blue SSD Conclusion

First Look: WD SiliconEdge-Blue

Western Digital, the company behind the WD brand name, have joined into the foray of Solid State Drive manufacturers. Long known for their popular WD VelociRaptor series of high-performance Hard Disk Drive (HDD) products, the WD SiliconEdge-Blue now joins the family in 64, 128, and 256GB capacities.

In addition to notebook and desktop computer installations, the 256GB WD SiliconEdge-Blue SSD could also be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems; but its real focus is on high-performance data transfer speeds. Although the Western Digital SSC-D0256SC-2100 model does not offer an integrated USB Mini-B port, several new enclosures utilize the SuperSpeed USB-3.0 standard for high-performance file transfers.

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Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the WD SiliconEdge-Blue, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook or desktop system. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my notebook computer, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading the Windows O/S.

Unlike most Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSDs are nearly impervious to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. WD utilizes an anodized metal enclosure for their SSC-D0256SC-2100 model, which reveals the internal components after removing just four small counter-sunk Phillips-head screws from the top side. The WD SiliconEdge-Blue has a warranty-void sticker along the seam, and removing the enclosure cover will remove consumer protection with it. Benchmark Reviews will reveal all of the internal components on our next section anyway, so just be patient.

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Thanks to the JMicron JMF612 SSD controller architecture (detailed in the next section), the WD SiliconEdge-Blue Solid State Drive suggests transfer speeds around 250/170 MBps read/write for high-performance enthusiasts. Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features for the SiliconEdge-Blue SSD, it's time to peek inside the metal enclosure and inspect the internal components...



 

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# WD SSC-D0256SC-2100Kruis 2010-03-13 03:06
Amazing! No MLC or SLC mentioned, neither by WD.
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# MLC - It's in the review.Olin Coles 2010-03-13 08:02
This SSD uses MLC technology... it's mentioned in the review on two different pages.
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# In the end, they all come to OCZ support forumJenya 2010-06-14 11:04
IMHO every brand owned by ssd pioneers is mentioned there and supported by OCZ team and fans.
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# Nice Review!Zsolt 2010-07-23 00:54
Nice Review!

I buy into a WD 128 SSD, in spite I don´t like the MLC memory technology that much. This is why I choose WD, because I assume it will be still reliable in 2015. For this I am ready to overlook some performance drops (-10-40% to top performers), because I don´t want to spend 1-2 days on reinstalling all my stuff.
I hope I can put the drive into my Dell Studio 17 without any additonal parts needed.
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# Good driveAndre 2010-11-10 02:35
I replaced my 7200 rpm hdd with one of these bad boys from WD in 128 GB capacity. The computer is much much faster, with peak transfer of 350 MB/s and common numbers over 120 MB/s. I plan on getting more when prices drop.
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