Western Digital expands its WD Black SSD series with two very different models: The SN850X is the new internal M.2 NVMe flagship with up to 7300 MB/s via PCIe 4.0. The P40 Game Drive is designed for external use with up to 2000MB/s.
WD Black SN850X as new spearhead
The WD Black SN850 (test) is already a very fast M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 and up to 7000 MB/s. With the new SN850X the interface is pushed even further: sequential reading should take place up to 7,300 MB/s, which means that the competition, which has become stronger, is caught up on this point.
The SN850X also comes in the familiar M.2 2280 form factor and is optionally available with a heatsink. From summer 2022, models with 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB will be available. Pricing has yet to be announced. Further details will follow. A switch to a faster BiCS5-NAND is at least very likely. Addendum: It is now confirmed, as can be read in the update at the end of the message.
Plans for the SN850X had already been leaked in advance via a list of PCI-SIG integrators.
WD Black P40 Gaming Drive
The P40 Game Drive is an external SSD said to read data at up to 2000MB/s via USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. RGB LED lighting provides visual accents and can be adjusted through WD Black Dashboard software.
The P40 Game Drive is also expected to hit stores in summer 2022 and will be available with 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB of storage capacity. Pricing information is also missing here.
However, it remains to be seen whether Western Digital was able to resolve the issues that arose with the similar P50 Game Drive (test, see title photo). According to ComputerBase community users, the issues have never been resolved even more than two years after launch.
Updated on 05/09/2022 21:22
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