Western Digital Dials In Performance With SN850 PCIe 4 SSD, AN1500 RAID SSD, And D50 Game Dock

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Western Digital is dialing up the performance with a few new SSDs aimed at enthusiasts. These include the WD_Black SN850, the WD_Black AN1500, and the WD_Black D50 Game Drive, which all take different approaches to delivering blistering data transfer speeds.

Starting off with the SN850, this is a standard NVMe M.2 SSD that uses the PCIe 4.0 interface. As you might expect from a PCIe 4.0-based SSD, Western Digital is quoting sweet sequential read speeds of up to 7,000MB/sec, while sequential writes come in at 5,300MB/sec (2TB SKU). The SN850 will be available in both a standard version, and an optional version with a heatsink to reduce thermal throttling and RGB lighting effects.

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Western Digital says that the standard WD_Black SN850 will be available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities priced at $149.99, $229.99, and $449.99, and will begin shipping later this month. Add $20 to each of those prices for the Heatsink+RGB SKUs, which will be available during the first quarter of 2021.

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Moving on, we have the AN1500, which is a dual-drive PCIe add-in card for desktop PCs. It uses a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface, but it includes two internal SSDs that are linked in RAID-0 to boost performance. As a result, the SSD is rated for up to 6,500MB/sec reads and 4,100MB/sec writes (4TB SKU). As you might expect, Western Digital has infused the AN1500 with a heatsink and RGB lighting, while it is available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities priced from $299.99. The WD_Black AN1500 is available now from Western Digital’s retail partners.

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Finally, we come to the D50 Game Dock. NVMe SSD, which is an interesting storage device. This is relatively small external gaming SSD that uses the Thunderbolt 3 interface. Not only does the D50 Game Dock have a 1TB SSD (3,000MB/sec sequential reads, 2,500MB/sec sequential writes), but it includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 port, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, audio in/out, and a GbE port. For those hooking up an external monitor, the D50 Game Dock supports up to 5K resolutions at 60Hz and can deliver 87W of pass-through charging power for a laptop. And yes, there are RGB lighting effects on the D50 Game Dock as well.

Western Digital says that the WD_Black D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD is priced at $499.99 and is available to purchase right now.