Friday, September 13th 2019

Western Digital Unveils WD_BLACK Gaming Storage Lineup

Western Digital unveiled a full fledged lineup of WD_BLACK series gaming storage devices. With it, the company is branching out WD_BLACK as its new brand targeted at the gaming crowd, both PC and console. The WD_BLACK brand is a divergence from the company's classic Western Digital Caviar Black line of premium internal hard drives. The brand had a rebirth of sorts with the WD_BLACK SN750 M.2 NVMe SSDs. Its designers are launching several new products, including the WD_BLACK P10 portable hard drive, the WD_BLACK D10 external desktop hard drive, the WD_BLACK P50 portable SSD, and Xbox One variants of the P10 and D10.

The WD_BLACK P10 is a pocket-size portable hard drive with a single USB 3.1 cable needed for both power and connectivity. It comes in 2 TB, 4 TB, and 5 TB capacities. Its Xbox One variant has the Xbox One decal on its body, and includes a 2-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The WD_BLACK D10 is meant to sit on your desk with its separate power and host-connectivity cables. It also puts out USB type-A high current ports to recharge your wireless gaming peripherals. The base variant of the WD_BLACK D10 comes in 8 TB capacity, while the D10 Xbox One edition comes with 12 TB capacity and a 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Lastly, there's the WD_BLACK P50. This portable SSD encloses an NVMe drive that serves up sequential transfer rates of up to 2000 MB/s by utilizing USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps) interface. A single cable handles power and host connectivity. It comes in capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB.
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40 Comments on Western Digital Unveils WD_BLACK Gaming Storage Lineup

#1
Chomiq
Gaming drive... 3.5" HDD. Ok...
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#2
bonehead123
What a snoozefest....... nuthin new or exciting here...

not even an updated SN750 m.2 wtf ????

back to nappy time now :)
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#3
Mussels
Moderprator
I asked on their facebook post under what circumstance was an external USB hard drive good for gaming, and got nothing


The current game consoles are pretty slow for storage options (internal and external) with ~120MB/s USB 3.0 and 300MB/s internal seeming to be the current-gen maximums from details i found on reddit... so what in alabama is the point of a 12TB external drive for the xbox one?
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#4
notb
Chomiq, post: 4115852, member: 185703"
Gaming drive... 3.5" HDD. Ok...
They come in many shapes.
What's wrong with 3.5" HDD? :o
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#5
bonehead123
notb, post: 4115874, member: 165619"
They come in many shapes. What's wrong with 3.5" HDD? :eek:
There is nothing "wrong" with them per se, other than the fact that they are so 2002-ish, hahaha :eek: :cry:
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#6
Chomiq
notb, post: 4115874, member: 165619"
They come in many shapes.
What's wrong with 3.5" HDD? :eek:
Nothing, it's perfect for Xbox... 360.
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notb
Mussels, post: 4115873, member: 1746"
The current game consoles are pretty slow for storage options (internal and external) with ~120MB/s USB 3.0 and 300MB/s internal seeming to be the current-gen maximums from details i found on reddit... so what in alabama is the point of a 12TB external drive for the xbox one?
Slow connection, many games?
I'm not an avid gamer, but I filled my Xbox One S' 1TB in few months. It's even worse on Xbox One X.
Complains about the tiny drive are omnipresent on forums and in reviews. You must not be following the console market very much...

Next generation brings 4K as standard and maybe 8K. Better IQ and RTRT will have a role as well.
Current external Xbox drives are up to 4TB.
12TB for next gen absolutely makes sense.

bonehead123, post: 4115877, member: 139670"
There is nothing "wrong" with them per se, other than the fact that they are so 2002-ish, hahaha :eek: :cry:
Yeah. And PC gaming is so 1995-ish?
3.5" HDDs are a convenient standard and they'll stay with us for a while.

Seriously, you can't expect the whole world to dump cheap drives just because people on gaming forums find them archaic...
I'm pretty sure WD can make you a HDD with RGB LEDs if that helps...

Chomiq, post: 4115880, member: 185703"
Nothing, it's perfect for Xbox... 360.
You have a WD HDD in your PC specs...
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#8
Chomiq
notb, post: 4115884, member: 165619"
You have a WD HDD in your PC specs...
And I use it for media storage, not for gaming. This will come with "gamer" tax, regular SSD should be the entry unit, not an hdd.
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
These are targeted at gamers, as gaming drives.
They are just plain old boring external drives at limited speeds, nothing 'gamer' about them in any way.
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Chomiq
erek, post: 4115918, member: 27638"


:(
Bend the rules!
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#12
Solid State Soul ( SSS )
notb, post: 4115884, member: 165619"
I'm pretty sure WD can make you a HDD with RGB LEDs if that helps...
This made me chuckle
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#13
bonehead123
erek, post: 4115918, member: 27638"


:(
Why/WTF ??????
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#14
notb
Chomiq, post: 4115906, member: 185703"
And I use it for media storage, not for gaming. This will come with "gamer" tax, regular SSD should be the entry unit, not an hdd.
Xbox users will likely also use these drives for media. Does it make the glass half-full?
Mussels, post: 4115913, member: 1746"
These are targeted at gamers, as gaming drives.
They are just plain old boring external drives at limited speeds, nothing 'gamer' about them in any way.
It's a drive for a gaming console that will containt (mostly) games. Where is it lacking in the "gamingness"?

What turns hardware into "gaming hardware" in your world? :o
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#15
Kohl Baas
notb, post: 4115955, member: 165619"
What turns hardware into "gaming hardware" in your world? :eek:
Guess that would be performance, or anything that improves your gaming experience, be that less lag, more FPS or less loading time.
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#16
notb
Kohl Baas, post: 4115958, member: 159940"
Guess that would be performance, or anything that improves your gaming experience, be that less lag, more FPS or less loading time.
"More performance" is not a proper definition. More than what? :-D

Lets say someone spends his budget on CPU, GPU and RAM, resulting it many many fps, but he just isn't that concerned about slightly longer loading times.
Does he own a gaming PC?
Are there any other "banned parts"? Intel stock cooler? Business cases without plexi? Membrane keyboards? :-)
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#17
Khonjel
I kinda feel bad about WD and a little smidge for Seagate. I don't think they'll last very long tbh. At least WD bought Sandisk who iirc has some sort of deal with Toshiba for supply. But what about Seagate.
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#18
dinmaster
Screw wd. Ever since that flood in Taiwan years ago. Hdd prices have never come back to what it was before the flooding. They gave the excuse of having to cover the expenses to get back running. But the same and next quarter after showed record profits... if anyone remembers.
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#19
Dimi
erek, post: 4115918, member: 27638"


:(
OMFG someone forgot to put the standoff in! Jesus that hurts to watch lol.

I'm only curious if it works though.
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#20
Chloe Price
Isn't the standoff used as the mounting screw in that pic? Probably took advice from The Verge's PC building video.
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#21
E-curbi
Chloe Price, post: 4116111, member: 123719"
Isn't the standoff used as the mounting screw in that pic? Probably took advice from The Verge's PC building video.
:p

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#22
hellrazor
Mussels, post: 4115873, member: 1746"
I asked on their facebook post under what circumstance was an external USB hard drive good for gaming, and got nothing


The current game consoles are pretty slow for storage options (internal and external) with ~120MB/s USB 3.0 and 300MB/s internal seeming to be the current-gen maximums from details i found on reddit... so what in alabama is the point of a 12TB external drive for the xbox one?
You can just up and replace the drive on a PS4 with an SSD, it just requires you to properly copy the old drive to the new one. I don't know about the Xbox one, though.
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#23
Arct1c0n
hellrazor, post: 4116143, member: 81601"
You can just up and replace the drive on a PS4 with an SSD, it just requires you to properly copy the old drive to the new one. I don't know about the Xbox one, though.
Nope, thats the beauty of what Sony did for the PS4 vs MS, user accessible and replaceable 2.5'' drive access. However you can only "Copy" the drive from PS4 to PS4, or you need to reinstall the OS via USB or internet on new drive and reinstall games.

The xbox 1 HDD however is completely sealed unless you want to tear apart the the box and do some pretty deep software surgery to get it working.

2TB in my PS4 Pro is so so nice and a lot of games benefit greatly from the SSD speeds for reduced loading times even if the SATA3 is still limited by the OS.





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#24
lexluthermiester
erek, post: 4115918, member: 27638"


:(
That is just messed up! :eek:
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#25
R-T-B
Chomiq, post: 4115880, member: 185703"
Nothing, it's perfect for Xbox... 360.
Hell, the 360 used a 2.5" drive.
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