WD Black NVMe SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

On our second day at Computex 2018, we visited the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase, where Western Digital showed off how they achieved a phenomenal 19 GB/s throughput with this SSD!  They also showcased a number of interesting gaming PCs powered by the WD Black NVMe SSD. Let’s take a look!

WD Black NVMe SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

 

WD Black NVMe SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

Western Digital’s Andrew Vo took us on a tour of the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase. He points out that the Western Digital Black NVMe SSD (Price Check) is their first 3D NAND product in the NVMe form factor, delivering 6X the performance of SATA drives.

Here are the WD Black NVMe SSD’s specifications :

Specifications1 TB WD Black NVMe SSD500 GB WD Black NVMe SSD250 GB WD Black NVMe SSD
Model NumberWDS100T2X0CWDS500G2X0CWDS250G2X0C
Storage Capacity1000 GB500 GB250 GB
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280
InterfacePCIe x4 Gen3
- up to 8 Gb/s
PCIe x4 Gen3
- up to 8 Gb/s
PCIe x4 Gen3
- up to 8 Gb/s
Sequential Read Speed3,400 MB/s3,400 MB/s3,000 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed2,800 MB/s2,500 MB/s1,600 MB/s
Random Read Speed2,000 MB/s1,640 MB/s880 MB/s
Random Write Speed1,600 MB/s1,320 MB/s680 MB/s
Endurance600 TBW300 TBW200 TBW
Reliability (MTTF)1.75 million hours1.75 million hours1.75 million hours
Power Consumption (Active)140 W110 W110 W
Power Consumption (Sleep)100 mW70 mW70 mW
Operating Temperature0 °C to 70 °C
32 °F to 158 °F
0 °C to 70 °C
32 °F to 158 °F
0 °C to 70 °C
32 °F to 158 °F
Non-Operating Temperature-55 °C to 85 °C
-67 °F to 185 °F
-55 °C to 85 °C
-67 °F to 185 °F
-55 °C to 85 °C
-67 °F to 185 °F
Shock1,500 G @ 0.5 ms half sine1,500 G @ 0.5 ms half sine1,500 G @ 0.5 ms half sine
Dimensions22 mm wide
80 mm long
2.38 mm thick
22 mm wide
80 mm long
2.38 mm thick
22 mm wide
80 mm long
2.38 mm thick
Weight7.5 g7.5 g7.5 g
Limited Warranty5 years5 years5 years

WD Black NVMe SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

And here are some purchase links for these Western Digital SSDs :

  • 1 TB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD : $399.99
  • 500 GB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD : $199.99
  • 250 GB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD : $79.99

 

WD Black NVMe SSD Hits 19 GB/s!

Andrew also showed us how they hit a throughput of 19 GB/s with the Western Digital Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check)!

WD Black NVMe SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

The secret? Use eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) in a RAID array! Each of those Western Digital SSDs is capable of a peak transfer rate of 2.8 GB/s (write) to 3.4 GB/s (read), so eight of them would have a theoretical throughput limit of 22.4 to 27.2 GB/s!

For more details, read our article – How To Create An 8TB SSD As Fast As DDR4 Memory!

 

The WD Gaming PCs @ Computex 2018

Western Digital also showed off several gaming PCs at their showcase. These were set-up for the explicit purpose of letting people try out and see how fast these gaming PCs ran with the WD Black NVMe SSD,

InWin WINBOT Gaming PC

This magnificent gaming PC is built using the InWin WINBOT chassis – an aluminium and plexiglass marvel that supports the largest E-ATX motherboards, and up to four SATA drives. It is available in three colour options – Black + Red, Black + Green and White + Blue.

WD InWin WINBOT

iBuyPower Snowblind Gaming PC

The iBuyPower Snowblind gaming PC looks like a perfectly ordinary gaming PC, until you notice the transparent LCD display on its side! This large 1280 x 1024 transparent LCD display lets you display anything you want – your favourite photos or video clips – while still letting you see your PC components through it!

WD iBuyPower Snowblind PC

 

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