by Lyle Smith

Western Digital Black 3D High-Performance NVMe SSD Announced

WD has announced the Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD, a high-performing drive that features the company’s own SSD architecture and in-house controller. The drive is designed to accelerate data performance for PC applications including high-resolution video, audio, and gaming content.

The new Western Digital Black 3D drive leverages the M.2 form factor and features a new NVMe architecture and controller, which is optimized for the company’s 3D NAND. Moreover, Western Digital’s indicates that this vertically integrated SSD platform was built from the ground up to maximize performance. It also features advanced power management, durability, and endurance.

Performance-wise, the new Western Digital Black 3D features sequential read up to 3,400 MB/s for 1TB and 500GB model and up to 2,800MB/s for 1TB model sequential writes, which certainly places it in the higher echelon of consumer drives. In random reads, the drive is quoted to deliver up to 500,000 IOPs (1TB model), which is ideal for multi-threaded applications and data-intensive multitasking environments. The drive is backed by a five-year limited warranty with up to 600TBW endurance (1TB model).

Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD Specifications

Form factor M.2 2280

250GB, 500GB, 1TB

Interface NVMe
Sequential Read/Write

Up to 3,400 MB/s Read
Up to 2,800 MB/s Write


Up to 3,400 MB/s Read
Up to 2,500 MB/s Write


Up to 3,000 MB/s Read
Up to 1,600 MB/s Write

Random Read/Write

Up to 500,000 IOPS Read
Up to 400,000 IOPS Write

Up to 410,000 IOPS Read
Up to 330,000 IOPS Write
Up to 220,000 IOPS Read
Up to 170,000 IOPS Write

Price and Availability

Slated for a release in late April, the Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD is available in capacities of 250GB ($119.99), 500GB ($229.99) and 1TB ($449.99).

Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD

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