In its current form, the new WD Black SN750 is a lackluster NVMe SSD for enthusiasts looking for innovative components and next-generation performance. WD simply left performance off the table by choosing the same hardware components we saw last year on a product that was quickly overrun by competing products that came to market around the same time. Those companies managed to squeeze even more performance out of the new 2019 designs with the same 2018 (64L Micron) flash, but actually found performance in the controller by making changes to the data path (SMI SM2262EN)
The Black SN750 also found some performance, but the outcome is much more reserved than we expected to see. The Black name started with hard disk drives and the performance improvements observed would be great on those products. A few percentage points here and a few there is common on HDDs but flash-based increase using come in more significant bursts, a real reason to upgrade year over year.
The two largest reasons to upgrade to the Black SN750 come from the increased capacity, if you can afford the $499.99 asking price for the 2TB option. Game Mode is also a nice feature but you can get most of the way there by manipulating Windows. In our testing Game Mode only increased performance in our notebook battery life test (and hurt battery life). Our other systems already run heavy Windows power optimizations to achieve the highest performance. Dashboard does allow you to manipulate drive side power state, not an easy task from Windows.
When it comes to pricing, there are certainly faster next-generation models shipping today that cost less. The HP EX950 we tested just a few days ago is a strong example. It features similar endurance, improved performance, and in the 2TB model costs $100 less.
We really wish WD released the EK heat sink version before the vanilla model. The heat sink adds a new element to the mix, increases the overall value and does more to enhance the "gamer" focus. Most gamers put M.2 SSDs in the slot under the video card, and the heat sink goes a long way to taming temperatures in a space with minimal airflow. Depending on the added cost (if any), the Black SN750 with the EK solid aluminum heat sink should be more appealing for desktop use and the target audience. There is just not enough SN750 in the new Black NVMe SSD to make the base model an interesting product for many of our readers.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Value for Money||89%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: WD didn't add much to the version we tested today but the heat sink model coming soon should standout in this highly competitive market.
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