Western Digital today announces a multitude of SSD solutions aimed at consumers What’s next Western Digital Event. The gaming-focused WD_BLACK gets the SN850X NVMe SSD and P40 Game Drive SSD, while the SN740 now appears as a PCIe 4.0-capable M.2 2230/42/80 NVMe SSD under regular Western Digital brand.
WD_BLACK discs are scheduled for summer edition. The SN850X is a PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD with read speeds of up to 7300 MBps, and will be available in 1TB ($ 190 MSRP), 2TB and 4TB capacities. The 1TB and 2TB models have an additional heatsink with RGB lighting on. Official datasheets with additional details are expected closer to launch in July 2022.
The P40 Game Drive SSD is a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps) external drive that is upgraded to the P50 model by adding RGB lighting to the case. It will be available in capacities of 500 GB (120 USD MSRP), 1TB and 2TB in the summer of 2022.
Western Digital also talked about the new ‘Game Mode 2.0’ feature on the WD_BLACK Dashboard to unlock additional features to improve performance on Windows computers. This mode is available for the SN850X NVMe SSD. Dashboard software can also be used with the P40 Game Drive to control RGB lighting.