WD Black SN750 Heatsink SSD - Performance Summary And Verdict
Performance Summary: The updated WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD with Heatinsk performed well throughout most of our benchmark suite. Read speeds are competitive with some of the top NVMe-based SSDs on the market and its write performance is among the best we’ve seen as well – in a few of the sequential write workloads, the WD Black SN750 finished at the top of the charts. With the exception of the HD Tune benchmark, which did not play well with this drive (save for the burst speed test) the WD Black SN750 also offered competitive latency characteristics and in the trace-based tests, the drive finished in about the middle of the pack, on-par with the Samsung SSD 970 EVO.
Like last year’s model, the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD does a number of things well. Sequential transfers are strong, especially in terms of writes, and latency and endurance are good too. The drives carry a healthy 5-year warranty and the “Heatsink” editions, like the drive we reviewed here, should eliminate any worry of thermal throttling in a properly cooled system.
That said, we got a couple of quizzical performance results, but we suspect WD will further optimize this drive with future firmware updates and performance is still strong overall. Pricing is also good, but not great, on the heatsink-adorned drives at least. The 1TB model featured here is available for about $249, which works out to approximately $.024 per gig. That’s just a touch higher than the Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus, which offers better overall performance. Opting for the standard SN750, however, currently knocks $25 off the price, which puts it somewhere in-between the 970 EVO and 970 EVO Plus, which is about what we’d expect. If your motherboard includes some M.2 cooling hardware, and your use-case would benefit from a drive with speedy writes and fast sequential transfers, the WD Black SN750 should be on your short-list of considerations. All things considered, the price on the Heatsink edition is a little steep in the current landscape, but if you don’t mind paying the premium, it certainly looks great and is much cleaner than any aftermarket cooling setup.