WD Black 2020 range is for gamers – don’t let them have all the fun

WD Black 2020 range

WD Black 2020 range by Western Digital has morphed into its high-performance gaming storage with a distinctive ‘black shipping container look’. But this high-performance gear would be equally at home in a power user’s laptop, PC or whatever.

So, gamers, we are not going to let you have all the fun. Let’s see what speed records you can break with WD Black 2020 range.

WD Black 2020 range new additions

  • SN850, 7000Mbps PCIe NVMe Gen 4 x 4 lane internal SSD with and without heatsink
  • D50 Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD dock with multiple expansion ports
  • AN1500 PCIe Gen 3 x8 add-in storage card

These all have customisable RGB light strips that creators and power users may want to sync to more Zen-like soundscapes.

SN850 – incredible 7000Mbps sequential read speeds

The previous generation SN750 can achieve speeds above 3400MBps using PCIe NVMe Gen 3.1 x 4 lane technology.

The SN850 will require PCs or laptops with PCIe NVME Gen 4 x 4 lane for a massive 16 GT/s data rate. At present only the latest AMD chipsets support this. Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and chipsets will support this in mid-late 2021.

At present, if you run it on a typical PC or laptop, it tops out at 3400MBps sequential read.

WD Black 2020 range

The non-heatsink version will be available from December 2020 in 500GB, 1 and 2TB capacities starting at $225. Take care – we found the SN750 heatsink version did not fit many laptops – its for PCs.

AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card

Fully bootable plug and play add-in card is one of the fastest PCIe Gen3 x8. It has two internal SSDs in RAID 0 and PCIe Gen3 x8 technology for up to 6500/4500 MBps sequential read/write speeds. As it plugs into PCI bus, you don’t need the latest fancy support chipsets.

WD Black 2020 range

Available from October 2020 in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities starting at $399.

D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD

A compact, high-performance dock with integrated SSD, heatsink design, transforms a Thunderbolt 3-compatible laptop into a full workstation. It has

  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (87W upstream passthrough and one with ALT DP for 4k@60fps)
  • DisplayPort 1.4 (for up to 5K@60fps)
  • 2 x USB-C 10Gb/s
  • 3 x USB-A 10Gb/s
  • 3.5mm combo Audio In/Out
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • SSD version includes SN750 for 3000/2500MBps
  • 180W PS
  • Customisable RGB lighting (Windows only)
  • 120mm square x 55mm x .56kg
WD Black 2020 range

Available from December 2020 in 1TB and 2TB capacities starting at $849. A non-SSD option, the WD_BLACK D50s also available for $549.

I am a little excited at this – a dock with SSD storage is way more useful than one without. However, we don’t know what chipset it uses yet (we think it must be the latest Intel Titan Ridge JHL7440) so wait for a review.

You can read other WD Black reviews here.