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Western Digital Black NVMe tips up

by on05 January 2017
WD Black PCIe NVMe 256GB M.2 WD Black PCIe NVMe 256GB M.2

WD jumps into NVMe market

Western Digital has announced its first entry into the NVMe Solid State Disk market.  Coming out of the gate strong, its first offering is a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe-based SSD that it expects to deliver more than three times the sequential read speeds over their current SATA SSDs portfolio

Initially to be offered in 256GB and 512GB capacities, it recommend people pair the product with a high-capacity hard drive, or as primary storage when building a future-ready PC.  The WD Black PCIe SSD boasts up to 2050MB/s and 800MB/s sequential read and write speeds.  Western Digital's internal benchmarking shows that people who are using the new WD Black PCIe SSD to boot up, load read-intensive games or applications, or shut down a system may realize a performance improvement of more than 10 seconds when compared to SATA SSDs.

One feature that is always a concern when it comes to SSDs is quality and support.  Western Digital is standing by its industry-leading 1.75M hours MTTF, as well as making sure the drives qualified for its WD Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) Lab certification.  Just like the previously launched SSDs from Western Digital, the WD Black PCIe SSDs include free, downloadable, WD SSD Dashboard software, which allows continuous performance, capacity monitoring, and firmware updates. Both models of the WD Black PCIe SSDs will come with a five year limited warranty.

Consumers can expect the WD Black PCIe SSDs to be available in 256GB and 512GB capacities in a singlesided M.2 2280 form factor.  The manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) for the WD Black PCIe SSD will be $109 USD for the 256GB and $200 for the 512GB. The WD Black PCIe SSD will be available worldwide in the first half of 2017.

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