The latest addition to WD’s Black Game Drive range of external SSDs is the D30, a compact drive using an NVMe SSD combined with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) interface. Priced at £150, let’s find out how it stacks up against the competition.
At the time of writing this review, three models make up the Black D30 Game Drive range; 500GB, 1TB (the drive we are reviewing here) and a flagship 2TB unit. Inside the enclosure is a WD SN550E NVMe SSD (WD 4-channel controller and BiCS4 96-layer 3D TLC NAND) which in combination with the USB interface gives the Black D30 Game an official Sequential performance of up to 900MB/s across the range.
WD doesn’t state any endurance rating for the Black D30 Game Drive but the 1TB SN550 drive inside it has a 600TB TBW rating and WD back the drive with a three-year warranty.
- Usable Capacities: 1TB.
- NAND Components: SanDisk 96-layer 3D TLC.
- Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2.
- Form Factor: External.
- NAND Controller: WD.
- Dimensions: 96 x 35 x 58mm.
- Drive Weight: 125g.
Firmware Version: 3083.