Western Digital Black 1TB NVMe Review


Western Digital Black 1TB NVMe Review


It is amazing how quickly we have got used to the speeds able to be delivered to us by the NVMe technology and its M.2 drives. It barely seems five minutes ago we were having to pick our jaws up off the floor at the latest SSD which brought bandwidth saturating 550MB/s speeds to the table, and here we are with a model which gets 3 GB/s under the right circumstances.

Western Digital are most famous for their huge capacity mechanical drives. Every technology has a brand which defines the era and in the world of spinning platters it is the San Jose company that is uppermost. Whether for their affordable reliable offerings or the famous 10000 RPM Raptor range which was as fast as it was possible to get, when you think mechanicals you probably think Western Digital.

In the world of SSD or even NVMe drives one name usually stands out and and it's Samsung. Other companies produce fast models, but no matter how quick certain attempts have been, generally if you're seeking the obvious choice then you'll have gone with Samsung. With the WD Black they have entered the fray and banged straight out of the gate with a model which trades blows with the fastest drives in our graphs.

Often a new product launch, even by a well experienced company, is accompanied by a little bit of refinement whilst they work out the weak points and smooth them over. Even with their decades of experience in the mechanical world and acquisition of SanDisk one could be forgiven for expecting the Western Digital Black to be very good but not quite hitting it out of the park. Apparently the transition from the mechanical world to the solid state world is one that WD can handle with aplomb, and thus the WD Black pumps out scores in nearly every test and scenario that are at least a match for the fire breathing Samsung options that dominate the marketplace.

The WD Black is available in three capacities, 250GB, 500GB and the model we have for review here, the 1TB. With 5 year warranties and extremely attractive speeds coupled to affordable pricing, the Western Digital Black 1TB NVMe wins our OC3D Performance Award.

Western Digital Black 1TB NVMe Review  

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Most Recent Comments

11-09-2018, 12:17:46

It's a very good drive but in the US it's actually cheaper to get a 970 Evo so I'd probably still stick with SamsungQuote

11-09-2018, 14:39:27

NBD: check out Adata's NVME drives. Best bang for the buck IMO, at least in Canada. Their SX8200 (model # might be wrong) 960GB comes in at about $120 cheaper than a 1TB Samsung, and it's 95% as fast.Quote

11-09-2018, 19:01:32

Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
NBD: check out Adata's NVME drives. Best bang for the buck IMO, at least in Canada. Their SX8200 (model # might be wrong) 960GB comes in at about $120 cheaper than a 1TB Samsung, and it's 95% as fast.
Quite a bit cheaper indeed! That's how much they should cost honestly. I bought a 1TB SSD 2 years ago for the prices they are today. Nothing has changed except speed but that's not a massive difference for a storage drive (certainly not for the money in my opinion)Quote

18-09-2018, 10:15:07

I tried this one and I really like it. I think its cheap for that qualityQuote

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