Western Digital has unleashed a brand new PCIe 4.0 SSD providing critically speedy efficiency ranges for players, together with an NVMe SSD add-in-card, plus a recreation dock.
The PCIe 4.0 drive is a WD Black sequence NVMe SSD which takes the baton from the SN750, ramping up speeds a good distance. The WD Black SN850 makes use of what the agency describes as brand-new cache expertise, and is rated for learn speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and writes of up to 5,300 MB/s.
That’s the claimed efficiency for the 1TB mannequin, and there will even be a 2TB SSD, in addition to a smaller 500GB drive. Western Digital additional famous: “[The] SN850 NVMe SSD also delivers improved low queue-depth performance over its predecessor, allowing both gaming and everyday users to experience smoother loading of applications.”
The SN750 was well-liked and really competitively priced (it’s the drive we’re presently saving this text on, by the way), and the SN850 will likely be too, beginning at $130 (£130) for the entry-level 500GB model (the SN750 was pitched at that very same stage).
Maintaining that compelling price-performance ratio, the SN850 will seemingly show a potent challenger for Samsung’s 980 Pro when WD’s drive goes on sale earlier than the finish of October (a heatsink-equipped model of the SN850 will observe in Q1 2021, costing a bit extra).
The SN850 gives theoretically barely higher efficiency than the 980 Pro – though we’ll have to check the claimed speeds, in fact – for rather less money (Samsung fees $149 for its 500GB drive).
Given that the Samsung 980 Pro already represents a superb worth proposition, as we concluded in our assessment, it’s simple to see why people may be getting excited over the freshly revealed SN850.
Western Digital additionally unveiled the WD Black AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card, which is a drive you possibly can plug right into a PCIe Gen3 x8 slot to nonetheless get blazing speeds. The board, which has two SSDs configured in RAID 0, boasts learn speeds of up to 6,500 MB/s and writes of up to 4,100 MB/s (with the 2TB and 4TB variations). There’s additionally a 1TB add-in card and pricing begins at $300 (£229) with the AN1500 now on sale.
The closing product aired was the WD Black D50 Game Dock, which provides you an built-in NVMe SSD and a load of connectors for equipment and displays (together with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a DisplayPort). You can plug the D50 right into a laptop computer by way of a Thunderbolt 3 port.
The Game Dock with a 1TB SSD prices $500 (£430), but it surely’s additionally out there as only a straight dock with no extra storage for $320 (£280). The D50 is now out there for pre-order.