WD’s Black vary of gaming SSDs simply bought just a little bit larger immediately, as they’ve introduced 5 new exterior storage gadgets that may sit alongside their flagship Black SN750 NVMe SSD. Four of them are conventional laborious drive disks, or HDDs (extra on these in a sec), however the one I’m most keen on is the WD Black P50, an exterior SSD that has, and I quote, a “first to industry” SuperSpeed USB port (USB 3.2 Gen 2×2), which may supposedly ship speeds as much as 1980MB/s. That’s twice the theoretical velocity of USB-C, which suggests exterior SSDs like our present best gaming SSD champ, the Samsung T5, could possibly be in plenty of hassle.
Expected to reach someday between October and December later this yr, the WD Black P50 is certainly one to look at when you often must take your games on the go or transfer between totally different PCs quite a bit. There’s no phrase on value but, sadly, which is able to clearly be essential as to if this jumbo NVMe SSD is definitely price shopping for or not, however with capability sizes starting from 500GB as much as 2TB plus a five-year guarantee, it could possibly be simply the ticket for fixing your storage woes. Personally, I nonetheless significantly want the smooth curves and shiny colors of Samsung’s T5 drive over the rugged, military-grade black field look of WD’s drives (particularly now the T5’s out there in a beautiful new scarlet color), but when it means I can again up and restore my games twice as shortly then I’ll be throughout it.
As for the remainder of WD’s new Black line-up, these embody the Black P10, which begins from $90 and will probably be out there as a 2TB, 4TB and 5TB transportable HDD, and the chunkier $200 Black D10, which is a 3.5in 8TB HDD that’s very a lot supposed to stay in your desk. Both can have a USB 3.2 Gen 1 connection and include a 3 yr guarantee as a substitute of 5.
Finally, there may even be particular Xbox One variations of the P10 and D10 drives, regardless that the common ones will work with the present Xbox One household as properly. The Xbox variations, nonetheless, not solely include better storage capacities (as much as 12TB for the D10, for instance, whereas the P10 will probably be out there in 1TB, 3TB and 5TB fashions) however you additionally get a free trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with them. This contains each the Game Pass games for Xbox and PC, plus Xbox Gold Live membership. The D10 comes with a free three month subscription (a bit like AMD’s present Ryzen / Radeon deal), whereas the P10 comes with a free two month subscription.
Again, there’s no phrase on how a lot the Xbox P10s will value simply but, however the Xbox D10 will value one other $100, taking it to $300. That’s most likely not too unhealthy for one more 4TB of storage and three months of Game Pass Ultimate, the latter of which at its regular, non-discounted value would value you $15/month, in order that’s virtually half the additional value proper there.
Either means, I’ll do my greatest to get as many of those in for testing as quickly as I can so I can actually see what they’re fabricated from, and whether or not the Black P50’s mega speeds can actually topple Samsung’s mighty T5 for on a regular basis transfers.