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WD Black SN750 SE 500 GB Review: PCIe 4.0 SSD for gaming PCs and consoles

WD Black SN750 SE 500 GB Review: PCIe 4.0 SSD for gaming PCs and consoles

The WD Black SN750 SSD comes back in the third revision, which takes the SE suffix for the special edition. Compared to the previous generation launched in 2019, the manufacturer increased the theoretical read and write speed slightly and he got the opportunity to switch from the older versions of the PCIe 3 interface to the PCIe 4 interface. Absolutely, this point does not change much on the PC, but it does allow this SSD to be compatible with the Sony PS5 console – although there is a need to add a third-party heat sink for this particular use.

So the SN750 SE runs on the PCIe 4.0 interface, supports the NVMe 1.4 standard and comes in the form of the classic M.2 2280 module. Storage capabilities are not impressive (from 250 GB to 1 TB), and the 500 GB version we are testing is here. In all cases, the module components are very small. It includes, among other things, a single memory chip from the factories of WD and Type 3D NAND TLC – without further ado.

Memory management is entrusted to a Fission PS5019-E19 controller. This is the first time we have met this chip, but it was provided in 2019. Regarding entry level, it is engraved at 28 nm, while high-end versions like the PS5018-E18 are engraved at 12 nm. This does not affect the warmup, but the E19 chip uses only one arm cortex-R5 core – there are three in the E18; The result is about 1.6 watts of power consumption or half of the top-of-the-range model. Since the Phison E19 is of the “DRAM low” type, the SN750 SE SSD has no cache memory.

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Warranty 5 years or 300 TB of written data, whichever comes first. This write-down guarantee is now smaller than we normally face. This is still quite accurate, however, as the daily write volume in 5 years equals 164 GB. There is no doubt in the use of the classic (PC Gaming, Office or console), which is the pre-arrival warranty period.

Finally, this SSD is offered in a limited edition, named the Black SN750 SE Limited Edition. It has a sticker on it Battlefield 2042 In the middle of it, a download code for the DICE game is also provided. The technical features do not change, neither do yours Skill In this FPS.