Western Digital is releasing two new gamer focused SSDs

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Computer hard drive maker Western Digital is releasing two new solid state drives with a focus on gamers. Two new additions are joining the gaming exclusive WD black line of products.

Western Digital originally led the WD Black Line to tackle the fatigue of having to delete games to install new ones. When the original product was launched, the average gamer did not have enough space to have everything installed. As games increasingly needed installation space, it quickly became a choice whether to worry about playing something new or not.

Or, thanks to Western Digital, buy a storage device designed to hold more than a standard console.

“We inspire players with unique ways to experience their games and are committed to developing solutions with the best technology partners to help them overcome barriers,” said Rob Soderberry of Western Digital. “Our diversified WD Black portfolio ensures that gamers are ready to win today’s games and ready for what lies ahead.”

The two new SSDs cover both internal and external storage needs, so it’s up to you to decide which one is right for you.

The drives

  • WD Black SN850X NVMe SSD. This built-in PCIe Gen4 SSD offers read speeds of up to 7,300 MB / s. It is designed for minimal delay, predictable loading and adaptive thermal management. It only uses the Windows-WD Black Dashboard so gamers can play, stream and record gameplay. The SN850X comes in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities, and the 1TB and 2TB models have the best heatsink. It also comes with built-in RGB lighting. The drive starts at $ 189.99 and will be available in July 2022.

One thing to note about the SN850X: PCIe Gen 4 needs a specific motherboard to reach maximum speed. Make sure you have the luggage before you throw at this monster of the drive. The SN850X is also backwards compatible with PCIe Gen3 motherboards.

  • WD Black P40 Game Drive SSD. This is a portable alternative to new releases. The P40 runs the USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface and offers read speeds of up to 2,000 MB / s. It also has RGB built-in, and the WD Black Dashboard allows gamers to fully control the lighting. It can be synchronized with many RGB ecosystems to fit any gamer’s specific setup. The P40 is designed to be sleek and resistant to bumps and bumps that come with gaming on the go. It will have 500GB, 1TB and 2TB options, starting at 119.99 and launching in the summer of 2022.

It’s a shame to admit that, but my home PC setup doesn’t even have an SSD. I’ve been blocking the same 1TB HDD from computer to computer since 2010, like, the figures on the SN850X make me absolutely salivate.

It may be time for an upgrade.

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