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WD Black AN1500 2TB AIC SSD Review

For testing, the drives are all wiped and reset to factory settings by HDDerase V4. We try to use free or easily available programs and some real-world testing so you can compare our findings against your own system.
This is a good way to measure potential upgrade benefits.

Main system:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, 16GB DDR4-2400, Sapphire R9 390 Nitro and an MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge Wifi motherboard

Other drives:
To give an idea of the AN1500’s performance we compared it to the 1.2TB version of Kingston’s DCP1000 which although designed for data centres use is another AIC PCIe 3.0 x 8 drive, WD’s own Black SN750 PCIe 3.0 drive and finally, the 1TB version of Samsung’s mighty PCIe 4.0 drive, the SSD980 PRO.

Software:
Atto Disk Benchmark 4.
CrystalMark v6.0 & 7.0.0.
AS SSD 2.0.
IOMeter.
Futuremark PC Mark 10

All our results were achieved by running each test five times with every configuration this ensures that any glitches are removed from the results. Trim is confirmed as running by typing fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify into the command line. A response of disabledeletenotify =0 confirms TRIM is active.

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