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Western Digital just announced its first batch of next-gen SSDs

Western Digital has announced its first PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSDs, the WD Black SN850s, and they’ll offer fast read / write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and 5,300MB/s that should help reduce load times on your PC and in games.

Those speeds are a notable increase from the SN750’s 3,100MB/s and 1,600MB/s read / write speeds, and on par with a slightly faster write speed with Samsung’s recently announced PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs.

Western Digital said the heatsink variant is intended for desktop PCs and should help prevent thermal throttling when the action ramps up. Naturally, it’ll also include RGB lighting. The bare model should be useful in a variety of environments including inside the PlayStation 5’s storage expansion bay. Both are backed by a five-year limited warranty.

Western Digital’s new SSDs will come in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and should be available to purchase “before the end of October 2020,” according to the company

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