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THIS NVME DRIVE CAN’T KEEP UP WITH THIS MONTH’S FRONT RUN­NERS, BUT IT HITS A GOOD BAL­ANCE OF PRICE AND PER­FOR­MANCE

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W es­tern Dig­i­tal’s Black M.2 SSD tar­gets a sim­i­lar mar­ket to the Cor­sair MP500. It doesn’t aim to be the fastest SSD on the mar­ket, but to pro­vide per­for­mance a step up from SATA.

Un­like the Cor­sair, how­ever, the WD Black is priced cheaply enough to make the propo­si­tion in­ter­est­ing. The halfter­abyte model comes in at $110 more than the SATA-con­nected Cru­cial MX300 – and when you note that it oers more than dou­ble the se­quen­tial read speeds, and close to dou­ble the write speeds, that doesn’t sound like an un­rea­son­able pre­mium. It’s just a shame there’s no 1TB model for dig­i­tal hoard­ers.

The WD Black doesn’t fea­ture hard­ware en­cryp­tion, but you get the same down­loads as with the WD Blue, namely Acro­nis imag­ing and backup soft­ware, and WD’s own SSD Dash­board.

One area where the WD Black loses out to the Cor­sair MP500 is write en­durance – its 160TBW rat­ing can’t com­pete with the Cor­sair’s 698TBW. That’s not a show­stop­per though, es­pe­cially when you re­call that the WD Black is this month’s cheap­est NVMe SSD. Don’t be dis­tracted by Adata and Sam­sung’s M.2 oer­ings – those are SATA drives, and their per­for­mance is ac­cord­ingly lim­ited. The WD Black is an aord­able way to break through the SATA ceil­ing.

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