Western Digital releases its 7GBps WD Black SN850 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs

Western Digital releases its 7GBps WD Black SN850 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs

Western Digital releases its 7GBps WD Black SN850 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs

Western Digital has today revealed a new addition to its WD Black family of SSDs, creating a new gaming-focused model which deliver read speeds of up to 7,000 MBps and is expected to be compatible with Sony’s PlayStation 5 console. 

Meet the WD Black SN850, an SSD which is said to utilise Western Digital’s second-generation SSD controller to deliver speeds which come close to saturating the M.2 PCIe 4.0 interfaces on today’s PCs. These SSDs will be available with and without an integrated heatsink and will be available with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models.  

The SN850 is rated to deliver 1,000,000 (1 million) random IOPS, delivering end-users exceptional levels of storage performance. Today, Western Digital has launched the heatsink-free version of this SSD and has confirmed their plans to release a version with an integrated heatsink and RGB lighting in 2021. 

With games and other software becoming larger and larger, gamers are seeing a growing need for which capacity M.2 storage solutions. The upcoming launch of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will also see SSD storage become a baseline requirement for future games, which will mean that mechanical storage solutions and slower SATA SSDs may soon no longer be enough for new AAA games. 

Below are the full specifications and US prices of Western Digital’s new SN850 SSD. 
 

  WD Black SN850 500GB WD Black SN850 1TB WD Black SN850 2TB
Form Factor

80mm M.2 80mm M.2 80mm M.2
PCIe/Interface PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVMe
NAND Flash

SanDisk 3D TLC NAND SanDisk 3D TLC NAND SanDisk 3D TLC NAND
Sequential Read
(Up To)
7,000 MB/s 7,000 MB/s 7,000 MB/s
Sequential Write
(Up To)
4,100 MB/s 5,300 MB/s 5,100 MB/s
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Endurance TBW 300 TBW 600 TBW 1200 TBW
US Pricing
(No Heatsink)
$149.99 $229.99 $449.99

Western Digital releases its 7GBps WD Black SN850 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs

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