Monday, May 9th 2022

WD Announces WD Black SN850X and P40 Game Drive

Today at its What's Next event, Western Digital Corp. announced two new additions to its growing WD_BLACK gaming portfolio, the WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD and WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD. Designed to elevate the gaming experience, the expanded portfolio offers players more options to upgrade their PC or console storage. "AMD is delighted with its continued collaboration with Western Digital to deliver exceptional gaming experiences," said Joe Macri, Compute and Graphics CTO and Corporate Fellow at AMD. "As games become more immersive, the expectation for fast, seamless gameplay increases. AMD strives to remove latency between the system, memory and connected devices like Western Digital's SSD gaming solutions with the adoption of the latest PCIe technologies and memory and latency optimizations within AMD CPUs and GPUs. Our combined solutions enable richer visuals, faster load times and more consistent gameplay."

"We're inspired by the unique ways in which players experience their games and are committed to working with the best technology partners, like AMD, to develop solutions that help them break barriers," said Rob Soderbery, executive vice president and GM, Flash Business Unit, Western Digital. "Our diverse WD_BLACK portfolio ensures that gamers are equipped to conquer today's games and prepared for what's next."
Living at the intersection of technology and entertainment, the WD_BLACK brand provides innovative, custom-built storage solutions that offer the ultimate in performance and style. The upcoming WD_BLACK gaming portfolio products include:

WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD - Optimized for hardcore gamers looking for unparalleled performance, this powerful internal PCIe Gen4 SSD delivers breakneck read speeds of up to 7,300 MB/s. With minimized latency, predictive loading and adaptive thermals management, gamers can expect an incredible gaming experience with fast load-times, rich visual experience, and uncompromising thermal performance. The downloadable WD_BLACK Dashboard with its new Game Mode 2.0 (Windows only) unlocks PC performance-boosting features so gamers can play, stream, record, and dominate at the top of their game. An optional heatsink (1 TB and 2 TB models) is available to help maintain peak performance and includes RGB lighting to complement any gaming rig.
  • Pricing/Availability: The WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD will come in 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB capacities starting at $189.99 (U.S. MSRP). It will be available for purchase at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers, system integrators and the Western Digital Store starting July 2022.
WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD - Created for gamers looking for portable storage with both performance and style, the WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD features a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface and blazing read speeds of up to 2,000 MB/s paired with customizable RGB lighting (Windows only). The downloadable WD_BLACK Dashboard gives full control over the LED light display and can be synced with many existing RGB ecosystems for a setup that can be personalized to any gamer's style. With a sleek, compact, and shock-resistant design, it's the perfect option for gaming on the go.
  • Pricing/Availability: The WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD will come in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB capacities starting at $119.99 (U.S. MSRP). It will be available for purchase at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers and the Western Digital Store starting Summer 2022.
Source: Western Digital
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17 Comments on WD Announces WD Black SN850X and P40 Game Drive

#1
mechtech
I thinking the game tax is about at much as the enterprise tax……
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#2
TheLostSwede
mechtechI thinking the game tax is about at much as the enterprise tax……
The SN850 was $229.95 when it launched at 1 TB, this is $189.99, so I think your logic is flawed here.
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Iain M Banks
TheLostSwedeThe SN850 was $229.95 when it launched at 1 TB, this is $189.99, so I think your logic is flawed here.
I think he is referring to the WD_BLACK P40.

$119.99 for 500 gigs is indeed crazy.
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#4
Guwapo77
TheLostSwedeThe SN850 was $229.95 when it launched at 1 TB, this is $189.99, so I think your logic is flawed here.
He could be right on the money and I have two of these drives. The SN850 sells for $149.99 on Amazon (US) as of May 9th 2022. The read speeds are 300mb/s faster? They haven't advertised the write speeds, so if its still around the 5,300 mb/s area, it won't be worth the premium over the vanilla version. I will reserve my final judgement until I see this bad boy tested. It just might have some secret sauce under that heatsink. Shhiiiddd, it might even have negative latency like the Google Stadia. :laugh:
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#5
CallandorWoT
Guwapo77He could be right on the money and I have two of these drives. The SN850 sells for $149.99 on Amazon (US) as of May 9th 2022. The read speeds are 300mb/s faster? They haven't advertised the write speeds, so if its still around the 5,300 mb/s area, it won't be worth the premium over the vanilla version. I will reserve my final judgement until I see this bad boy tested. It just might have some secret sauce under that heatsink. Shhiiiddd, it might even have negative latency like the Google Stadia. :laugh:
we will just have to wait for W1zzard's inevitable review. :)
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#6
jesdals
Nice to see more 4tb drives
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#8
mechtech
TheLostSwedeThe SN850 was $229.95 when it launched at 1 TB, this is $189.99, so I think your logic is flawed here.
Perhaps, but I will wait to see prices in stores here. For some reason whenever something gets the 'gaming' tag it's 15% to 150% more money.
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#9
AlwaysHope
Can proof be found that PCIe 4.0 storage is quicker than 3.0 storage for games?
Last time I checked they are equal if out by minuscule margins of error that an end user will never notice.
My old SN750 & Corsair MP510 serve me well still....
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#10
Mussels
Freshwater Moderator
My SN850 is breaking up with me and becoming an X

*sobs hysterically*
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#11
Tigger
I'm the only one
MusselsMy SN850 is breaking up with me and becoming an X

*sobs hysterically*
I wish my SN850's could have babies.

I'm sure a PCIe 4 M2 would be faster than a PCIe 3 m2 wouldn't it? Is a SN750 as fast as a SN850?
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Mussels
Freshwater Moderator
TiggerI wish my SN850's could have babies.

I'm sure a PCIe 4 M2 would be faster than a PCIe 3 m2 wouldn't it? Is a SN750 as fast as a SN850?
at sequential read and write, gen 4 drives blast away at upto double the speeds.

For anything else, nothing changes without new controllers or new flash memory (or tweaked firmwares, for smaller changes) - load times, 4K random etc are all gunna be the same without new hardware behind it all
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#13
Tigger
I'm the only one
Musselsat sequential read and write, gen 4 drives blast away at upto double the speeds.

For anything else, nothing changes without new controllers or new flash memory (or tweaked firmwares, for smaller changes) - load times, 4K random etc are all gunna be the same without new hardware behind it all
AlwaysHopeCan proof be found that PCIe 4.0 storage is quicker than 3.0 storage for games?
I was referring to this. ^ Gen 4 (PCIe4) is deffo quicker than Gen 3 (PCIe3) isn't it with no proof needed?
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#14
Prima.Vera
"Designed to elevate the gaming experience"
Anyone care to elaborate on this statement?
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#15
TheLostSwede
Prima.Vera"Designed to elevate the gaming experience"
Anyone care to elaborate on this statement?
Sssssssh... It's marketing speak for "it's the same as every other similar product, but we had to come up with something to put in the press release."
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Mussels
Freshwater Moderator
Prima.Vera"Designed to elevate the gaming experience"
Anyone care to elaborate on this statement?
Marketing!

The gaming mode on the SN850 disables the power saving, making it produce more heat but removing potential causes for latency. They've likely done similar here, so you can disable the power saving on the drive and slap it into a PS5 for ze ultimate 24FPS experiunce
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#17
AlwaysHope
TiggerI was referring to this. ^ Gen 4 (PCIe4) is deffo quicker than Gen 3 (PCIe3) isn't it with no proof needed?
Depends on the game engine largely, TPU reviewedone model here boasting of "Super load game times" in the title of that review earlier this year.
But in reality it's highly dependent on game engine optimization.
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