Western Digital has announced a bunch of new products, and among them is a new version of the WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD. It arrives updated with faster speeds, lower latency, predictive loading, and new cooling technologies.
Upon release, the new SSD could quickly climb the ranks of the best gaming SSDs of the year.
The announcement comes from Western Digital’s own event, which is called What’s Next Western Digital. The company showed off a number of new releases for this year, including some seriously impressive hard drives and eSSDs aimed at enterprise users, but for most of us the most exciting reveal is the new SSDs. Consumer NVMe.
The star of the lineup appears to be a new NVMe SSD dubbed the WD_Black SN850X which appears to be a direct follow-up to the already successful WD_Black SN850. The company also showed off the drive in a quick YouTube video, and what we’re seeing here is definitely an SSD designed for gaming enthusiasts who want fast speeds and lightning-fast loading screens.
The WD_Black SN850X is an NVMe PCIe 4.0 drive that offers a direct upgrade over its predecessor, achieving read speeds of up to 7300MB/s. Western Digital also promises a few less measurable improvements that will help the performance of the SSD.
One of these improvements is the new drive’s adaptive thermal management. Beefy SSDs like this can run a little hot, so it’s good that Western Digital took that into account when designing the drive. You’ll be able to choose the new SSD with or without a heatsink depending on your needs – in a smaller, cramped case, that could definitely help.
WD_Black SN850X also offers lower latency and predictive loading. Both of these features rely on learning what you’re doing now in order to predict what you’ll do next. This allows them to minimize loading times and reduce those pesky loading screens even further. If it works as advertised, it could turn out to be fantastic for gamers.
Along with the raw upgrades, the SSD comes with Western Digital’s Game Mode 2.0 software that helps you get the most out of it, and you can get it in three different sizes: 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB.
As mentioned above, Western Digital also unveiled a host of new products. Among them, you will find another mainstream SSD, the WD_Black SN740, which looks quite similar to the WD_Black SN770. There are also massive drives that no ordinary computer user would want (or could) own, such as a 22TB conventional magnetic recording (CMR) drive and a 26TB UltraSMR. cloud computing, servers and other similar uses.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on the new Western Digital SSD, hold your horses – the release date has been set for July this year. The new player will start with a price of $190 for the cheapest version, and the price will certainly increase if you choose the larger models.