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WD Black SN750 1TB SSD Review

 
With the SN750, WD have introduced new branding for the Black NVMe series. The drive comes in a smallish box with a clear image of the drive on the front. WD is obviously keen to let you know that this is a fast drive, too, as the 3,470MB/s Sequential read figure is displayed in the bottom right corner of the box. The drives capacity is displayed in the upper right hand corner.

The rear of the box has a small clear plastic panel through which part of the drive is visible, sitting in its protective plastic enclosure. To the right of this panel is another image of the drive while to the left of it is that Sequential read figure again, along with icons displaying the fact it uses 3D NAND and that it comes with a 5 year warranty. The only other thing in the box is a Technical Support and Warranty Guide.

 
WD’s Black SN750 is a single sided PCB design, so the rear of the drive is empty, with all the components covered by the product label on the top side.


The 1TB SN750 uses a pair of SanDisk 256Gb die, 64-Layer 3D TLC NAND packages. Joining these on the single sided design are the in-house controller and a 1GB SK Hynix DDR4 cache IC.

 


With the SN750, WD have given their SSD Dashboard management utility a neat and impressive facelift. Not only does it look better than the old version, it also includes a gaming mode which if enabled reduces latency by disabling the low power modes via the firmware.

The Dashboard allows you to monitor drive status, performance, perform secure erases (currently only by making a bootable USB device), update firmware and monitor temperatures. There’s no cloning tool integrated into the utility but you can download Acronis True Image WD Edition from the WD website.

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