From Western Digital comes the WD_BLACK SN850, an NVMe SSD designed for PC and console gaming, and we got the chance to review it. In our WD_BLACK SN850 review, we unbox the super-fast storage option for next-gen consoles and PC, show off its heatsink, and go the extra mile by installing it in our PlayStation 5.
We then put the WD_BLACK SN850 to the test in terms of transfer speeds and game loading times, so you know exactly how this incredible piece of gaming hardware performs.
Follow Joe Hickson from The Yogscast as he reviews it:
WD_BLACK SN850 review
The WD_BLACK SN850 is an NVMe SSD that you can install for your PC or next-gen console, offering up blistering-fast speeds.
This is the next generation in PCIe compatible drives. All you really need to know is that it’s twice the speed of Gen3 drives and double the bandwidth.
This model has a stylish little casing with a purpose-built heatsink, which keeps your SSD happy and healthy for a long time. It is compatible with PC and event boasts programmable RGB lighting...what a time to be alive.
Check out our video review of the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD below.
The WD_BLACK SN850 capacity ranges from 500 gigabytes, up to 2 terabytes. By installing one of these options, you will beef up your PS5's internal storage by quite a lot, and that's exactly what we did.
After we installed the WD_BLACK SN850 into our PS5 (watch the video, trust me!) we transferred GTA V (86.88 GB) over from the PS5's internal storage in under one minute.
Booting up GTA V from the WD_BLACK SN850 and loading into a level was even faster than usual if you can believe that. It takes mere seconds and you can start playing, showcasing just how fast the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD is.
Given that Sony will be launching their new Playstation Plus Premium service in June, or they have already launched it if you’re reading this in the future, this drive will make a perfect
the companion piece, and give us a place to store the massive catalogue of games that will be offered up to us.
Clocking in with a read speed of 7000 Megabytes per second and boasting a million Inputs and Outputs a second, the WD_BLACK SN850 is, without a doubt, a top-tier NVMe SSD.
If you’re serious about your next-gen consoles, you’re going to want to beef up your internal SSD sooner or later, and this is a tip-top choice. The WD_BLACK SN850 is the most reliable, consumer-friendly drive around, and it definitely goes in our "recommended" pile.
WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD - How to buy
The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD comes in three different storage capacity sizes, namely 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. There's also a purchase option for one without a heatsink and one with a heatsink.
You can buy a WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD from the official Western Digital store page. Find the links to all three storage capacity options below.
If you want extra SSD storage for your next-gen console or PC, then look no further than this amazing NVMe SSD!
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