Western Digital announces a new SSD is a pretty exciting thing. Its WD_Black SN850 is the fastest drive you can get right now and tops our guide to the best PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Its new unit, the WD_Black SN750 SE, is also a PCIe 4.0 unit but is not aimed at the same people: instead, it is a unit designed to offer better value for money.
Thus, while the original SN750 (a PCIe 3.0 drive) offers read speeds of 3,400 MB / s and the SN850 (PCIe 4.0) can reach 7,000 MB / s, the new SN750 SE (PCIe 4.0) offers a relatively high speed mundane compared to the original of only 3,600 MB / s. It is also available in small capacities: 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB.
Western Digital uses a Phison controller for the new SN750 SE units and they are also DRAM-free, like the Samsung 980 (non-Pro version), to try to keep prices low. They also only use one side of the PCB to run cooler than the SN750 or SN850.
It also doesn't need a heat sink, which could be good news depending on the cooling status of the case or laptop. These units also consume 30% less power than their predecessors, another reason to make them tempting laptop options.
The only problem I see here is the actual price. WD will launch them at £ 56.99 for the 250GB model, £ 85.99 for the 500GB SSD and £ 166.99 for the 1TB drive. There are many cheap SSDs these days, which offer about the same type of performance for the same type of money. It is not obvious what the WD brand adds to the procedures.
Interestingly, the new unit does not replace the existing SN750, but it does exist next to it. Which can again be a problem in value for money; if you shop, you can usually pick up the SN750 for a lower price than the launch prices of the new SN750 SE SSDs. And while, in theory, they can be 200 MB / s slower, when it comes to loading games, you’ll find it hard to tell the difference.
Western Digital also announced a small external SSD for the console called WD_Black D30. It is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 device that offers readings of up to 900 MB / s and has a capacity of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. American PC gamers already have many options on this front, check out our guide on the latest external drives, but there’s something nice about their size. Although this 2 TB drive will get you back 299 GBP, which makes it a little less pretty.