Posts Tagged ‘Western Digital’

Best gaming SSD 2018: Top SATA and NVMe drives for your PC

Best SSDs 2018

Buying an SSD can be hellish when there are so many models to choose from that all quote exactly the same read and write speeds as everyone else, which is why we’re here to help you in your quest to find the best gaming SSD for you and your budget. Simply put, you need an SSD. Mechanical hard disks (HDDs) are fine for storing lots of games and photos, but let’s face it, they’re pretty slow. With an SSD, on the other hand, the jump in speed will make Windows load in seconds, programs open in a snap and cut game loading times to ribbons.

So if terms like SATA and NVMe this and M.2 and PCIe that make your head spin, you’re in the right place, as below you’ll find all of our current top picks for gaming, as well as in-depth buying advice on how to pick your next SSD. Now that I’ve had the WD Black 3D NVMe SSD in for review as well, I’ve updated this list to reflect what’s changed in our current rankings. Whether it’s for gaming, general performance or the fastest speeds money can buy, we’ve got you covered.

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WD Black 3D NVMe SSD review: Bringing the fight to the Samsung 970 Evo (sort of)

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When Western Digital announced their brand-new Black 3D NVMe SSD at the beginning of April, it looked like it might finally bring some much needed competition to the all-powerful Samsung 960 Evo and potentially cause a late-game upset in our Best gaming SSD rankings.

With superior claimed sequential write speeds, equal sequential read speeds, a more generous endurance rating on the 250GB model and so-close-you-can-feel-them-breathing-down-your-neck pricing, the WD Black NVMe SSD (2018) looked like a mighty fine prospect for anyone contemplating an upgrade to their SSD setup. And in some respects, it very much is a mighty fine prospect. Then Samsung went and gazumped them with the release of their 970 Evo and, well, completely tipped it down on WD’s parade.

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WD My Passport SSD review: Good external storage that doesn’t cost the earth

WD My Passport SSD

Having a fast SSD inside your PC is all well and good, but they’re pretty useless if you want to transport large files to a different machine for a bit or back stuff up for safe keeping. In times like this, you need an external SSD, and today I’m taking a look at the WD My Passport SSD.

Portable storage devices have, of course, been around for donkey’s years, but while external hard drives (HDDs) are much cheaper than their SSD counterparts, they’re also a lot more liable to break when you chuck them in a bag due to the number of moving parts they have inside them. They’re also generally a lot bigger and bulkier to carry around.

The WD My Passport SSD, by comparison, measures just 90mm long, 45mm wide and a mere 10mm deep, making it exceedingly easy to slip into a jeans or jacket pocket without much fuss. It also has 256-bit AES hardware encryption to keep it secure, and it’s shock-resistant up to 6.5ft (or just under 2m), too, giving it extra durability if you accidentally send it flying because it’s so damn diddly.
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WD’s Black 3D NVMe SSD is about to give Samsung’s 960 Evo a run for its money

Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD

Western Digital have a new NVMe SSD on the block. Dubbed the WD Black 3D NVMe SSD, this super-fast storage stick finally brings some much needed competition to Samsung’s 960 Evo and 960 Pro, as it will be going on sale later this month with prices starting from just $120 in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

WD Blue 3D NAND review: Better SSD for big workloads

WD Blue 3D NAND

When Western Digital first released its Blue line of SSDs, it’s probably fair to say that they didn’t really make much of an impact. Not in the face of the mighty Samsung 850 Evo, at least, which still tops several Best gaming SSD lists (including our own) even today. Now, thankfully, WD’s finally jumped on the 3D NAND bandwagon, making its latest Blue 3D NAND SSDs much more competitive. There’s still some way to go before they reach the same dizzying heights as Samsung’s new 860 Evo, but the key thing is that they’re much less expensive, potentially making them better buys for anyone looking to keep costs down.

It’s also one and the same as SanDisk’s Ultra 3D SSD, giving you even more buying options as prices continue to fluctuate. WD acquired SanDisk in mid 2016, but decided to keep both brands going for the sake of their respective markets, with WD always having been better on the businessy side and SanDisk being bezzie mates with the general public. With both SSDs readily available online, however, the only thing you need to worry about is how much they both cost.

Right now, that’s the WD Blue 3D NAND, and with claimed sequential read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s read and 525MB/s write, it could potentially be even better than the 860 Evo. Let’s find out how it fares in practice.

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