Western Digital unveiled its new line of next-generation SSD products, including an NVMe Gen 4 SSD that offers speeds fast enough to expand the PS5’s internal storage. The company also revealed an add-on PCIe SSD card and a new Thunderbolt 3 SSD gaming dock that makes it easy to add extra ports and storage. All new SSD products boast fast read / write speeds and customizable RGB lighting.
Western Digital’s WD Black line specifically focuses on gamer products, which is why the company has focused on RGB lighting for its next line of storage options. All WD Black RGB-enabled products can be customized and synced through the WD Black Dashboard app on Windows. Thankfully, the company hasn̵
7;t overlooked the speed of its NVMe SSDs, providing a host of options that rival the best on the market.
The SN850 NVMe SSD is Western Digital’s first Gen4 solid state drive and one of the first NVMe SSDs to feature RGB lighting on its heatsink. It boasts impressive read / write speeds of 7,000 / 5,300MB / s, which surpasses the speed required by the PS5 for expandable storage of 5,500MB / s read speed. Sony has yet to confirm which drives are compatible with the PS5, but all indications indicate that the SN850 SSD works well with the PS5. Of course, this NVMe SSD also works with PCs, although if you want to take full advantage of next-generation speeds, you’ll need to make sure your motherboard supports Gen4 SSDs.
The coolerless WD Black SN850 NVMe SSD is expected to launch later this month, while the RGB-enabled cooler model is expected in Q1 2021.
Storage options: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
The WD Black AN1500 add-on card is an NVMe SSD with RGB lighting that plugs into one of the PCIe slots, the same type of slot used by the graphics card. All you have to do is insert it into a compatible PCIe x8 slot and you are good to go. It will appear on your PC as a drive like any other. It boasts fast read / write speeds of 6,500 / 4,100MB / s in its 2TB and 4TB models, which is a lot of fast storage to have on your PC.
The AN1500 NVME SSD add-on card is now available at various retailers.
Storage options: 1TB, 2TB and 4TB
The WD Black D50 Game Dock serves as both an external storage add-on and a way to turn your gaming laptop into a full-fledged gaming PC, as long as your laptop supports Thunderbolt 3. The Thunderbolt-powered gaming dock 3 adds 1TB of NVMe SSD storage capacity and extra ports for a variety of accessories and monitors. In addition, it features RGB lighting.
The D50 Game Dock is now available for pre-order through multiple different retailers.
Storage options: 1 TB and no SSD