Western Digital SSDs are back in black

Solid-state drives employing the cutting-edge NVMe protocol don't come cheap. People who can make use of the performance increase over traditional SATA SSDs are starting to get more budget-friendly options, however. Western Digital is putting its WD Black PCIe SSD out into the market, and its aggressive pricing might make more than a few shoppers look twice.

The Black PCIe is an M.2 NVMe drive available in 256GB and 512GB capacities. Like similar SSDs, it's a single-sided M.2 2280 gumstick that's equally at home in thin laptops and full-sized desktops.

The 512GB WD Black is capable of sequential read speeds up to 2,050 MB/s and sequential writes up to 800 MB/s. In random reads, the drive can hit 170K IOPS, and 134K IOPS doing random writes. The 256GB WD Black trails the larger capacity model by a little. It can reach sequential reads speeds up to 2,050 MB/s and do sequential writes at up to 700 MB/s. In random reads, the smaller model is capable of 170K IOPS, and can go up to 130K IOPS doing random writes.

While those numbers aren't quite as high as those advertised for Samsung's 960 EVO M.2 SSD, Western Digital is pricing these drives lower than Samsung's direct competitor. The 256GB model will sell for $110, and the 512GB model should set you back $200. The WD Black drives are available for preorder now through Western Digital's website. The company expects to ship preorders on Valentine's Day, and backs the drives with a five-year warranty.

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    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Glad to see prices coming down. Yesterday–last night–I noticed that Amazon had a Plextor 512GB PCIe NVMe for about $179 with coupon and its 1TB big brother 30% off for about $315. But the site also said they expected to be shipped within 1 to 2 months.

      • MOSFET
      • 3 years ago

      If it’s the M8PE, I have two of the add-in-card version with giant heatsinks. From what I’ve read about them, if they are the M.2 slot variety with no heatsink, be prepared to add RAM-chip heatsinks to keep them from frying. Occasionally the little ones with heatsinks can cause installation issues. I went with PCIe AIC variety with the giant heatsink since they’re about to become vSAN cache tier (home lab). If I was buying a month later, I would probably get the TLC 960 EVO over the MLC M8PeY. More trust in Samsung than Lite-On/Plextor.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 3 years ago

    Meh, I’m still not convinced that pcie drives are worthwhile to the “average” consumer when old 2.5″ stuff goes for half those prices.

    If you’re the kind of user that needs the performance offered by that style of drive, then you’re probably not price sensitive to care about the deal you could get from offerings like this wd stuff.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      Prices for M.2-2280 SATA+AHCI SSDs like the Crucial MX300 have been pretty much the same as prices for old-style 2.5″ SATA+AHCI SSDs for several months.
      [url<]http://pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#xcx=0&S=480000,10000000&t=0&sort=a7&page=1[/url<] $233/TB vs. $227/TB PCIe+AHCI and PCIe+NVMe drives still command a price premium. [url<]http://pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#xcx=0&S=480000,10000000&t=0&sort=a7&i=85&page=1[/url<] $343/TB and up

        • ImSpartacus
        • 3 years ago

        With today’s prices, yes, you’re right about that.

        However, 2.5″ drives will just slay whenever we’re talking about discount prices.

        The [url=https://slickdeals.net/f/9395791-750gb-crucial-mx300-internal-solid-state-drive-100-free-s-h<]750GB 2.5" MX300 went for $100[/url<] during Black Friday in limited quantities and for [url=https://slickdeals.net/f/9428375-crucial-750gb-mx300-ssd-120-or-110-via-b-h-android-app<]$120 in[/url<] [url=https://slickdeals.net/f/9434747-crucial-750gb-mx300-ssd-119-99<]greater quantities[/url<]. That's $133.33 to $160 per TB. That's a mind-boggling deal, but an admittedly rare one. Personally, I wouldn't purchase an SSD for more than $200/TB because I know that's a feasible price that will be met several times throughout a given year by several different SSDs.

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