As PCI-Express 4.0 solid-state drives become more mainstream, we see even more drives entering the market. WD’s latest drive is their WD Black SN770, which is basically a DRAM-less drive. Powered by an internal SanDisk controller, the 1TB version of the drive we’re reviewing today has speeds of 5150 MB/s for reading and 4900 MB/s for writing. With these speeds, you will definitely see an improvement over standard SATA-based solid state drives and even Gen3 NVMe drives. WD is also pricing this drive quite aggressively for being the budget model in the WD Black line. Is this a drive to consider? Read on as we find out!
Special thanks to Western Digital for providing the WD Black SN770 Gen4 NVMe Solid State Drive to review.
The WD Black SN770 comes in Western Digital’s typical WD Black packaging, which is of course aimed at gamers. On the front is a photo of the drive and it lets us know its capacity and read speed. We have the 1TB version of the drive, of course, but Western Digital also offers the drive in 250GB, 500GB, and 2TB versions.
If you turn the box backwards you will find some more information about the drive and a cutout in the box so you can check if the correct drive is inside.
If you open the box inside, you will find the disc in the blister package and a small manual for technical support and limited warranty.
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