WD Black SN850X NVMe SSD launched, boasts unmatched read speeds

The WD Black SN850X NVMe SSD launches today, and it packs performance you won’t find in any other PCIe 4.0 drive. In fact, it boasts of unmatched read speeds making it the top choice for anyone who simply needs to have top-tier components in their system.

In terms of appearance, the WD Black SN850X can easily be mistaken for its closest counterpart, the SN850, at a glance. However, there’s no fault in the new drive’s faster speeds, coming in at a surprisingly fast 7,300MB/s compared to the 7,000MB/s offered by its predecessor, a 300MB/s uplift.

However, it’s in write speeds that the WD Black SN850X really flexes its muscles at 6,300MB/s, an improvement of the SN850 versus 1,000MB/s. With specs like this, the WD Black SN850X seems like a shoo-in for the title of best SSD for gaming, but its faster speeds come at a higher price.

You can get the WD Black SN850X in 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB capacities starting today for $159.99 USD / £157.99 GBP. If you can wait a while to upgrade the storage in your gaming PC, PCIe 5.0 SSDs like the Corsair MP700 promise to push the limits of read and write speeds even further.

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