WD Black NVMe 2018 SSD review: competition for Samsung

New SSD top model from Western Digital is fast and economical

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Introduction

Last month, WD introduced the second generation of its Black series SSDs. This top model of the storage manufacturer should be considerably faster than its predecessor and thus be able to compete with the popular NVMe SSDs from Samsung, such as the recently released 970 Evo. Today we are testing the WD Black NVMe 2018 1TB to find out if WD is really participating in the high-end SSD market.


Western Digital Black 2018 NVMe 1TB

Of course, we have always known WD as a manufacturer of mechanical hard disk drives, but with the acquisition of Sandisk, the company also gained a position in the SSD market. However, the first generation Black SSDs were not very successful - their performance did not match the competition. In this second generation, not only is the board neatly black instead of blue, but the performance really needs to be brought to 'Black level'. For example, WD promises reading speeds of up to 3400 MB/s, compared to only 2050 MB/s in the previous generation. Writing speed should even have increased from 800 to 2800 MB/s.

On the following pages you can read all about what WD has renewed in terms of components of the new Black SSDs, but of course we also tested it extensively. For now only the 1TB version, which costs an average of 380 pounds and is therefore significantly more expensive than the Samsung 970 Evo, but we hope to be able to test the other models as well. It should be noted that the same product is also sold under the name Sandisk Extreme Pro 3D.

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three products discussed in this review

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Western Digital Black 2018 NVMe 1TB

SSD, 1000 GB, PCI-Express 3.0 x4, SanDisk 20-880007011, 3400 MB/s, 2800 MB/s, M.2 2280

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£232.73

Avg. £259.04
6 shops, 5x stock

Western Digital Black 2018 NVMe 250GB

SSD, 250 GB, PCI-Express 3.0 x4, SanDisk 20-880007011, 3000 MB/s, 1600 MB/s, M.2 2280

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£69.97

Avg. £79.51
6 shops, 6x stock

Western Digital Black 2018 NVMe 500GB

SSD, 500 GB, PCI-Express 3.0 x4, SanDisk 20-880007011, 3400 MB/s, 2500 MB/s, M.2 2280

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£103.99

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