Western Digital Announces New WD_BLACK SN850 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
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Today, Western Digital updates the WD_BLACK gaming lineup with a series of new storage solutions. One of them is the company’s first PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD. The SN850 is the successor to the older SN750.

The WD_BLACK SN850 is equipped with a custom-designed WD_BLACK G2 memory controller, and possibly 3D TLC NAND flash from WD/KIOXIA. With the PCIe 4.0×4 interface, the drive is able to achieve sequential read/write speeds up to 7000 MB/s and 5300 MB/s, as well as 1 million IOPS. Western Digital claims it to have improved game load times, file transfer times and low queue depth performance over the SN750.

The SN850 comes in three capacities, from 500 GB to 2 TB. All models have a 5-year warranty, and respective endurance rating from 300 TBW to 1200 TBW. The price of the SSD starts at $149.99 USD (MSRP) and is expected to ship by the end of October 2020. You can pay a little more for a RGB-enabled heatsink to prevent thermal throttling.

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