WD Black 3D NVMe M.2 gaming SSD

Western Digital Black 3D nand m.2Western Digital has just announced the release of their Black 3D NVMe SSD. This M.2 drive has been designed especially with PC gaming in mind.

PC gaming is increasingly immersive, with richer and more intense visual content than ever before.

In order to push leading-edge performance, lower power consumption and extended durability for PC gaming systems, Western Digital has introduced a high-performance Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD. This, of course,  features the company’s own SSD architecture and controller.

WD Black 3D NVMe SSD

Western Digital Black 3D nand m.2PCs now must have the capability to run intensive applications and enable the 4K/Ultra HD graphics and video content experiences.

To help aliviate the tradtional storage bottleneck, Western Digital has developed a new breed of SSD.

This M.2 drive features a new NVMe architecture and controller. This optimally integrates with Western Digital 3D NAND.

Western Digital’s new vertically integrated SSD platform was engineered from the ground up. It has been specifically architected to help maximise performance for NVMe SSDs, with advanced power management, durability and endurance.

Built to boost gaming systems

Western Digital Black 3D nand m.2With exceptional sequential read (up to 3,400 MB/s for 1TB and 500GB models) and write performance (up to 2,8001MB/s for 1TB model), the new drive is ideal for enhancing user experiences in gaming environments. Additionally, the drives feature up to 500,000 random-read IOPs (for 1TB model) to deliver extreme throughput. So, this makes it deal for multi-threaded applications and data-intensive multitasking environments.

The drive offers a five-year limited warranty with up to 600TBW endurance (for 1TB model).


Mark Grace, senior vice president, Devices Business Unit, Western Digital, tells us:

Today’s gaming applications require increasing capability from their PCs, and this will only continue to advance. With our new architecture and controller, the Western Digital Black SSD integrates our 3D NAND technology with the NVMe interface to enable new levels of performance. Whether it’s a new gaming rig or a video-editing workstation, our innovative NVMe drives will power many existing and future environments that enable data to thrive,”

Price and availability

The Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD is available in the U.S. in capacities of 250GB ($119.99 USD), 500GB ($229.99 USD) and 1TB ($449.99 USD).

I have reached out for UK pricing and this is not yet available. Once it has been released I’ll let you know as I, for one, am really interested in buying one of these.

The new drives will be available by late April 2018.