Western Digital brings the speed with first PCIe 4 SSDs

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Western Digital is breaking into the PCIe 4.0 scene, announcing a new line of SSDs today. The company took the wraps off of the new WD Black SN850 NVMe SSD, which sports incredibly fast read and write speeds across three capacities. What’s more, you’ll be able to get it with a little RGB action on board.

The WD Black SN850 can hit read speeds of up to 7000 MB/s and write speeds upward of 5300 MB/s on the 1TB model. That’s very similar to speeds we’ve seen in other recent PCIe 4 SSDs, and Western Digital says it has optimized the G2 controller inside to excel at gaming tasks.

“Built with the WD_BLACK G2 controller and optimized for top-tier and high-intensive gaming (not intended for NAS or server environments), the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD will help gamers achieve supreme PC performance,” Western Digital said in a press release. “It reduces game load times and transfers files faster than its predecessor while using brand new cache technology.”

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The WD Black SN850 is expected to go on sale by the end of October in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities starting at $150. A version with an RGB-enabled heatsink is expected to launch in Q1 2021.

Beyond the new PCIe 4 SSD, Western Digital also launched the new WD Black AN1500 NVMe SSD add-in card and the WD Black D50 Game Dock. The add-in card lets you hit read and write speeds of up to 6500 MB/s and 4100 MB/s, respectively, with RGB lighting on board. The Game Dock, meanwhile, works over Thunderbolt 3, allowing you to easily plug and play with a laptop.

The WD Black AN1500 add-in card is available now starting at $300. The WD Black D50 Game Dock is available starting at $500 for the SSD model.

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