Thursday, April 5th 2018

Western Digital Introduces New Black 3D NVMe SSD

PC gaming is increasingly immersive, with richer and more intense visual content than ever before, and gamers are faced with making technology choices to maximize their experience. To push leading-edge performance, lower power consumption and extended durability for PC gaming systems, Western Digital Corporation today introduced a high-performance Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD featuring the company's own SSD architecture and controller. The drive accelerates data for PC applications to enable users to quickly, access, engage and capture today's high-resolution video, audio and gaming content.

With growing demand for rich content, PCs must have the capability to run intensive applications and enable the 4K/Ultra HD graphics and video content experiences. To move this immense amount of data quickly and seamlessly, Western Digital developed a new breed of SSDs to help remove the traditional storage bottleneck. This M.2 drive features a new NVMe architecture and controller, which optimally integrates with Western Digital 3D NAND. Western Digital's new vertically integrated SSD platform was engineered from the ground up, specifically architected to help maximize performance for NVMe SSDs, with advanced power management, durability and endurance for the growing range of applications benefiting from NVMe technology.
"Today's gaming applications require increasing capability from their PCs, and this will only continue to advance. With our new architecture and controller, the Western Digital Black SSD integrates our 3D NAND technology with the NVMe interface to enable new levels of performance. Whether it's a new gaming rig or a video-editing workstation, our innovative NVMe drives will power many existing and future environments that enable data to thrive," said, Mark Grace, senior vice president, Devices Business Unit, Western Digital.

Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD - Built to Boost Gaming Systems
With exceptional sequential read (up to 3,400 MB/s for 1TB and 500GB model) and write performance (up to 2,800 MB/s for 1TB model) combined with up to 1TB capacities, the new drive is ideal for enhancing user experiences in gaming environments that benefit from acceleration of intensive fast data. Additionally, the drives feature up to 500,000 random-read IOPs (for 1TB model) to deliver extreme throughput, which is ideal for multi-threaded applications and data-intensive multitasking environments. The drive offers a five-year limited warranty with up to 600TBW endurance (for 1TB model). The Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD is available in the U.S. in capacities of 250GB ($119.99 USD), 500GB ($229.99 USD) and 1TB ($449.99 USD). The new drives will be available by late April 2018 in select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers, system integrators and distributors globally.

Enabling the possibilities of data, Western Digital offers the industry's broadest portfolio of products and solutions to help people capture, preserve, access and transform their content. For more information, visit our website: Western Digital.
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20 Comments on Western Digital Introduces New Black 3D NVMe SSD

#2
xkm1948
Noce pricing. Wish there is a 2TB model
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#3
Hood
I like that they've continued using the WD Black brand. Traditionally their fastest drive with best warranty. Many years of using them with no problems (the spinning rust, not the SSDs) Now that most of the top NVMe SSDs have similar specs and prices, brand preference is now feasible option. This new Black 3D NVMe SSD has a 5 year warranty, others in this price range are only covered for 3 years. I will keep this SSD on my short list. PCPerspective gave it their highest award (Editor's Choice), Allyn M. called it his "new default enthusiast SSD recommendation".
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#4
jmcslob
5 year warranty...960 EVO speeds...
Very nice price compared to the competition.
I have the older WD Black NVMe m2 256gb and it was already competing with my EVO...
Now this... Way to go WD!
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#5
trparky
I wish that these drives would come down in price so that they're closer to that of their SATA cousins.
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#6
coonbro
jabbadap, post: 3824473, member: 148195"
Seems to be great nvme ssd. Sandisk extreme pro are exact same drives with WDs now owning Sandisk branding(no 250GB version on sandisks).

There's already couple of reviews out there in interwebs:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12543/the-western-digital-wd-black-3d-nand-ssd-review
https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/WD-Black-NVMe-and-SanDisk-Extreme-PRO-M2-NVMe-3D-1TB-SSD-Review/Internals-Spectrum-C
lol... '' Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD featuring the company's own SSD architecture and controller '' I was thinking from what they got from the sandisk acquisition . [non issue ] I guess its theres now ..
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#7
jabbadap
coonbro, post: 3824515, member: 178073"
lol... '' Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD featuring the company's own SSD architecture and controller '' I was thinking from what they got from the sandisk acquisition . [non issue ] I guess its theres now ..
Yes it's their's now. And the controller is in-house build too, from the sandisk and other WD:s many many many nand controller manufacturer/designer acquisitions.
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#8
silentbogo
So, finally a consumer WD drive with BiCS?
Just last week I installed the current(TLC) version of WD Black at work and it seems to be doing just fine.Much-much faster than my aging Samsung XP941.
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#9
jateruy
Good price, good performance, clean aesthetics, reputable WD Black brand succession. What to ask for more...New default boot drive on any new builds
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#10
Prima.Vera
Yeah. 49¢ /MB is still huge to be honest.... But performance is nice.
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#11
Hood
Prima.Vera, post: 3824724, member: 98685"
Yeah. 49¢ /MB is still huge to be honest.... But performance is nice.
You mean $.45/GB. $.49/MB would mean the 1 TB drive costs $490,000
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#12
trparky
In a lot of cases most NVMe drives are like $100 USD more than their SATA cousins, now if NVMe drives were maybe $50 more then I'd say the adoption would probably be much higher. When you see most YouTube stars that do enthusiast builds still using SATA SSDs you have to wonder if maybe perhaps the $100 premium isn't quite worth it.
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#13
jmcslob
I was reading the Anandtech article on this and boy did someone Eff up that article really really bad...
They have the first gen WD Black testing out at just over SATA 3 speeds...just over..
I got to thinking about just how effing wrong that was so I started testing mine...
Long story short I'm done reading Anandtech articles... They were off by a minimum of 10% on every single test and some by 50%....
Eff that... I'm going to stick to articles here.
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#14
trparky
Does anyone know if this is the third generation model?
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#15
jmcslob
trparky, post: 3826350, member: 170376"
Does anyone know if this is the third generation model?
I'd like to know that too...
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#16
trparky
The fact of the matter is... How the hell are we supposed to know which model we're getting? It's not like where Samsung increases a number (850 to 860 for instance). Oh Western Digital, why did you have to be so stupid? :wtf:
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#17
Prima.Vera
trparky, post: 3826367, member: 170376"
The fact of the matter is... How the hell are we supposed to know which model we're getting? It's not like where Samsung increases a number (850 to 860 for instance). Oh Western Digital, why did you have to be so stupid? :wtf:
Isn't this same as Sandisk's ??
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#18
StrayKAT
I'm surprised they came out with new SSD products... I was kind of worried about WD because of the Toshiba stuff.
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#19
jmcslob
StrayKAT, post: 3826795, member: 174092"
I'm surprised they came out with new SSD products... I was kind of worried about WD because of the Toshiba stuff.
They bought SanDisk for that exact reason...
They couldn't buy Samsung so SanDisk was the next best choice.
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#20
StrayKAT
jmcslob, post: 3826799, member: 67555"
They bought SanDisk for that exact reason...
They couldn't buy Samsung so SanDisk was the next best choice.
But I thought Toshiba threw a monkey wrench in that. I guess I was wrong/didn't know enough of the details.
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