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Computer hard drive manufacturer Western Digital is launching two new solid state drives with a focus on gamers. The two new additions complement the gaming-specific WD Black product line.
Western Digital originally spearheaded the WD Black line to combat the fatigue of having to delete games to install new ones. When the original products came out, the average gamer just didn’t have enough space to keep everything installed. As games took up more and more install space, the choice of whether or not to bother playing something new quickly came down to it.
Or, thanks to Western Digital, buy storage devices that offer much more space than a standard console.
“We’re inspired by the unique way gamers experience their games and are committed to working with the best technology partners to create solutions that help them break down barriers,” said Rob Soderbery of Western Digital. “Our diverse WD Black portfolio ensures gamers are equipped for today’s games and prepared for the future.”
The two new SSDs cover both internal and external storage needs, so choosing which one is right for you is entirely up to you.
- WD Black SN850X NVMe SSD. This internal PCIe Gen4 SSD offers read speeds of up to 7,300 MB/s. It’s designed for minimized latency, predictive charging, and adaptive thermal management. It leverages the Windows-only WD Black Dashboard to allow gamers to play, stream, and record gameplay. The SN850X is available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities, and the 1TB and 2TB models have an optimal heatsink. It also comes with built-in RGB lighting. The drive starts at $189.99 and will be available in July 2022.
One thing to note about the SN850X: PCIe Gen 4 has specific motherboard requirements to achieve maximum speed. Make sure you have the goods before you pounce on this monster of a ride. The SN850X is also backward compatible with PCIe Gen3 motherboards.
- WD Black P40 Game Drive SSD. This is the portable option of the new versions. The P40 features a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface and offers read speeds of up to 2,000 MB/s. It also has RGB built in, and the WD Black Dashboard allows gamers to fully control the lighting. It can also sync with many RGB ecosystems to fit into each gamer’s particular setup. The P40 was designed to be slim and shockproof to protect against the knocks and bumps that come with gaming on the go. There will be 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB options starting at $119.99 and launching in Summer 2022.
It’s a shame to admit, but my home PC setup doesn’t even have an SSD. I’ve been rocking the same 1TB hard drive from computer to computer since about 2010. The SN850X’s stats absolutely made me salivate.
It might be time for an upgrade.
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