Model: Western Digital WD Black SN750 NVMe 1TB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Western Digital
Provided By: Western Digital
As one of the biggest names in the storage industry, Western Digital doesn't need much of an introduction. Founded in 1970, the company got its start by manufacturing calculator chips. As time went on, Western Digital expanded into the PC market, adding floppy and hard disc controllers to its product lineup. It wasn't until 1988 that it introduced its "Centaur" series of hard drives. Since then, the company has grown to become the world's second largest manufacturer of hard drives. Western Digital currently offers a wide range of internal and external hard drives as well as a growing number of multimedia devices, SSDs and network storage solutions.
At this year's PAX South show, Western Digital unveiled its second-generation NVMe SSD, the WD Black SN750. Designed to give hardcore gamers the competitive edge they desire, this single-sided M.2 form factor drive is powered by Western Digital's own Spectrum controller and is available with up to 2TB of the company's 64-layer BiCS 3D TLC NAND flash. The WD Black SN750 is also available with or without an EKWB-designed heatsink and is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface to deliver speeds that are more than six times faster than your average SATA 6Gb/s SSD. To top it all off, users can optimize the performance of the drive by enabling the gaming mode feature within Western Digital's SSD Dashboard software.
The WD Black SN750 is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, Western Digital sent us the 1TB version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 3,470 MB/s sequential read and 3,000 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 515,000 random read and 560,000 random write IOPS.
Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the WD Black SN750 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Western Digital's new NVMe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the WD Black SN750 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Western Digital? Keep reading as we find out.