Now, we go over the Western Digital’s 2018 fanatic class NVMe M.2 solid state drive (SSD) also known as “WD Black NVMe”. This advanced storing architecture presents 3D NAND and is adjusted to provide efficiency of power, lower latency rate and compatibility with an increasing variety of programs prepared to use from NVMe. The NVMe lineup of SSD’s from Western Digital (WD) targets the high-end consumers to deliver maximum performance.

The Western Digital (WD) black NVMe SSD comes with SanDisk 64L TLC 3D NAND technology that utilizes a new in-house storage controller. The SSD have three different models with different capacity: 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. So, we will review the 500GB model that we received in brand new box.


  • Read Speed 3400MB/s
  • Write Speed 2500MB/s
  • WD in-house controller
  • NVMe Gen3 x4 interface


Capacity 500GB
Sequential Read 3400MB/s
Sequential Write 2500MB/s
Random Read 410K IOPS
Random Write 330K IOPS
NAND SanDisk 64L 3D TLC
Controller WD in-house
DRAM SK Hynix DDR4 512MB
Form Factor M.2 2280
Interface NVMe Gen3 x4
TBW 300


Performance Test

Test Bench:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 @3.8GHz
  • Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 8x2GB @3000MHz
  • Asus Prime Pro X370
  • WD Black NVMe SSD 250GB Partition (Boot Drive)

Starting with the CrystalDiskMark, we can clearly see the results that the sequential read speed is 3491.1MB/s and sequential write speed is 2593.6MB/s. The WD Black NVMe SSD is performed slightly better than company mentioned specs above.

When running the AS SSD Benchmarks, the sequential read speed is 3031.4MB/s with the difference of 459.7MB/s from CrystalDiskMark and sequential write speed is 2487.72MB/s also differ with 105.88MB/s. Read and write speed not always the same.

For hardcore performance we run ATTO Disk Benchmarks and we can see the performance bars of different read and write speeds at various rates from 512B to 64MB and end up with similar outcomes as on other benchmarks softwares.


                    The WD Black NVMe SSD 500GB is truly meant for high end gamers for maximum performance. It surely delivers best performance out from the box. You can buy it for PKR 19,000 to 20,000.


  • Built on WD NVMe SSD storage architecture
  • Power efficiency
  • WD F.I.T lab certified
  • 5 years limited warranty


  • A bit on the Expensive side


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