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Western Digital Black PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe 512GB SSD Review

To test real life performance of a drive we use a mix of folder/file types and by using the FastCopy utility (which gives a time as
well as MB/s result) we record the performance of drive reading from & writing to a 256GB Samsung SSD850 PRO.

60GB Steam folder – 29,521 files.
50GB File folder – 28,523 files.
12GB Movie folder – 24 files (mix of Blu-ray and 4K files).
10GB Photo folder – 621 files (mix of .png, raw and .jpeg images).
10GB Audio folder – 1,483 files (mix of mp3 and .flac files).

When it comes to dealing with the real life file folders, WD’s PCIe Black isn’t the fastest PCIe drive we’ve seen to date but it handles data transfer to and from the drive with ease regardless. Copying the 50GB File folder to the drive took 3m 41s and reading the data back as done in a shade over three minutes.

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