WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe Review

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Early this year, Western Digital or WD announced their 2nd generation line of products for enthusiasts, the WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe. The device is a 2280 M.2 SSD quoted for hitting speeds up to a total of 3.48 GB/s for read and 3 GB/s for write, plus a throughput of 515K IOPS for read & 560K IOPS for write.

While this SSD focuses primarily on gaming, it isn’t just a device for that. And with the WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe, you can easily record footage of your gameplay, then upload these to different media platforms like YouTube and Twitch. You will get to simultaneously connect via Discord and Skype while gaming, which will be something really efficient for you and everyone else.

The WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe also makes for an ideal option for those who want to use social media while gaming, or for editing and video recording. You can leverage the WD SSD Dashboard to retain peak and excellent performance of your drive too.

Today, we’re going to focus on this Black SN750 SSD NVMe from Western Digital, to see if it’s something worth having for your setup, and if it’s something that you should invest in. Let’s get deeper into this and start off with what’s included with its package.

WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe Review – What’s in the Box?

When we got our hands the WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe, we couldn’t help but love its new look. Western Digital took a modern twist on one of their classic flagship series that has a solid and strong following.

The device comes in a simple-looking package that sports a dark theme. In front, you will find a huge image of the WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe there, along with some details about it on the lower right corner of the box, as well as the name of the company, Western Digital.

On the sides and at the back of the box, you will see other important details about the SSD. Other than those, there aren’t any other important information on the package.

Inside the package, you will, of course, find the WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe. We liked how secure and compact Western Digital packed their product since the drive was firmly secured in a form fitting case made from plastic. You will also find a paper manual available, that details all the necessary information like the warranty contact details.

The Product

WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe Review

The WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe is a x4 PCIe, M.2 NMVe SSD that makes use of the 2280, or 22 millimeter-wide & 80-millimeter long, form factor. To use this, make sure that you have an appropriate and additional slot for the device on your laptop or desktop’s motherboard. Take note that there are a couple of M.2 slots that only support SATA, and not all PCs support the process of booting from an NVMe.

Like the model from 2018, the 2019 Black SN750 revision makes use of a written 64-layer Sandisk NAND flash memory that has 3-bits per cell. In other words, this is the TLC or Triple Level Cell.

The SanDisk 20 – 82 – 0070011 Controller

Some time ago, Western Digital bought SanDisk, one of the strongest and biggest names in the business, in an effort to get production and NAND IP, in-house. The Black SN750 SSD NVMe makes use of their controller and NAND, and it’s basically the second time we have encountered the SanDisk 20 – 82 – 0070011SKU. This is a controller powered by 3 ARM CPU cores fabricated on 28nm.

It utilizes one of the newest NVMe revisions 1.3 and 1.2 protocol, and it’s a controller that is extremely fast at about 3,470 MB/s  and 3,000 MB/s for read / write operations, over a x4 PCIe Gen-3 lane connection.

The WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe has the PCIe Gen-w GB/s and up to 4 lanes for its interface. It uses the M.2 2200 form factor, and has a sequential speed of up to 3470 MB/s for the read, and up to 3000 MB/s for its write.

This WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe drive comes with equal features as the previous model and these include the SMART & TRIM support, thermal throttling, tiered SLC write cache, and the error correction and NAND management features. Hardware based encryption gives you added and boosted security, as well as performance benefits, while the secure erase feature lets you safely, easily, and quickly remove all traces & signs of personal information before reselling the drive, if you plan to.

Product Features

Enhanced to NVMe SSD Performance

The WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD provides top-notch performance for hardware and gaming enthusiasts who plan on building or leveling up their rig. This 1TB SSD competes with some of the top-selling drives in the market to deliver the excellence that gamers need.

Performance

Enjoy fast speed with Western Digital’s Black SN750 SSD NVMe. This device cuts down your waiting time so you can immediately get back into action and get ahead of your game. With that, everything will be fast, whether you plan to boost your PC’s overall responsiveness or load games and its levels in a shorter span of time.

Space for Playing

The core of this Black drive from Western Digital features its innovative NAND technology. By increasing its storage density by two times from its older model, this 3D NAND extends the storage limit and displays its achievement in the innovation of NAND. This means that this single-sided SSD has the dimensions of a gumstick, features extended capacity for you to store larger files such as video games.

Western Digital’s Black SSD Dashboard

The WD Black SSD Dashboard is the software application used to manage your SM750 SSD NVMe. This allows you to optimize the SSD’s performance by enabling it’s newest Gaming Mode feature. Low power mode function is disabled on the SSD to keep your drive’s performance firing during the most intense gameplay.

Using the Product

The new WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe changes slightly from last year’s SSD since it makes use of the same NAND flash memory and controller as the previous WD Black.

With improved and further enhanced firmware for Western Digital’s still somewhat new in-house controller architecture for the NVMe, the Black SN750 SSD NVMe is able to avoid most performance regression, then deliver a fairly regular performance plus efficiency improvement that reaches a few percentage. For every practice purpose and function, the new WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe can be considered as, more or less, very much similar to its predecessor.

With this SSD, it writes and reads great numbers of little files in a very quick fashion. We already stated before that the IOPS isn’t something that you and other consumers  should really worry about much, unless you’re someone who’s doing a ton of work related to databases, or if you build similar workloads on your computer; however, the Black SN750 SSD NVMe does rank high within this aspect so you really shouldn’t worry about it.

The trace tests also exhibit exceptional performance levels, so overall, the SN750 SSD is truly impressive. Zoom in at the trace performance and IOPS  and you’ll see that this SSD can easily manage heavy workloads without experiencing any issues. So whether you’re someone who writes a ton of small files simultaneously with copying huge MKV movies, you’re all set since the Black SN750 SSD NVMe has got you covered.  With how well it performed, we surely will recommend this to you and everyone else, and we’re giving it two thumbs-up for its performance.

Software

The WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe comes with a revamped Black SSD Dashboard that is specifically designed for the newer models from the company. Not only did this get a boost, but Western Digital also included a new gaming mode feature which is good.

The specific setting allows you to disable the low power modes via firmware hooks, helping in the reduction of latency while simultaneously improving its performance. Though you need to restart your system after enabling this mode; plus, it’s also worth noting that the gaming mode can disable low power settings at a device level. With that, the SSD will stay in that mode even if you shift to another system.

With this specific release from Western Digital, the company updated their graphic interface of their waning SSD Dashboard software. The latest SN750 is packed with a new unique feature with the Dashboard that appears as a virtual toggle switch. This switch controls the Game Mode feature.

The Game Mode functions by disabling the drive’s ability to report to the operating system, specifically for the power states 3 & 4, the low power mode. Once you enable this option, you’ll see that the drive supports the PS0; and simultaneously, the Game Mode removes the entrance of device-side low power states which is good.

Once an SSD shifts to a lower power state, it is necessary for the device to wake up before data gets processed: the deeper the sleeping state, the longer and better it is to wake the device.

The WD Dashboard is considered as one of the most useful and efficient software tools available since it also has a distinct performance monitor in real-time that we have yet to see in any other similar software. The common features and tools, like firmware updating, drives status & monitoring round out this suite. For another unique feature that the WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe offers, it is the ads that scroll on the right portion of the utility. It would be a convenience for others, but for us, we could make do with this specific feature.

In addition to these, Western Digital also gives you the free Acronis True Image download to easily clone any of your current data to your new drive. Just keep in mind that the latest version isn’t compatible with the newest Black at the launch. Of course, the company is working hard to bring the cloning software to every new product; they also promise to announce when it will be available for all.

Conclusion

When we tested the WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe, we honestly did not expect a huge increase in its performance over its previous version, but surprisingly, we were blown away by its speed rates. When it comes to sequential writes, it does not only beat its predecessor, but it also performs better than some of the top-selling brands.

It may be really similar to the previous device, but you will definitely see the difference in its performance and speed. And in all honesty, it performed excellently without giving us any issues or problems despite trying the Black SN750 SSD NVMe out under heavy work loads.

So all in all, the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD from Western Digital is a great improvement of its older version. It’s adequately fast for everyday use and for gaming; plus, its write speed never drops. So with that, we highly recommend the SN750 SSD NVMe because it isn’t just highly affordable and efficient, but it also delivers excellent performance and record-breaking speed rates, making it one of the best solid state drives available in the market.

Where to Buy

If you want to have your own WD Black SN750 SSD NVMe SSD, you can purchase this from the company’s official website.

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