The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher

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Beefs-up read speeds too

Here are the main numbers of this drive:

  • 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, using 3D NAND
  • Random read and write IOPS – up to 500,000 and 400,000
  • Sequential read and write bandwidth – up to 3,400 and 2,800MB/sec
  • Endurance for 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities is 200, 300 and 600TB written
  • Five-year limited warranty and 1.75m hours MTBF

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WD said the improvements are due to fresh architecture and a better controller.

In comparison, Toshiba’s XD5 M.2 SSD has a much larger 1.9TB to 3.8TB capacity range but a slower 240,000/21,000 random read/write IOPS rating. Its sequential read and write bandwidth is slower too; 2,600MB/sec and 890MB/sec respectively.

This latest WD Black M.22 SSD is already available stateside in capacities of 250GB ($119.99 ), 500GB ($229.99) and 1TB ($449.99). It will be available by late April in select Western Digital retailers and distributors globally. ®

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