Western Digital adds to its WD BLACK range

by James Wilkinson

Western Digital is helping creatives, executive travellers and gamers enhance their setups with the introduction of three new and upcoming products for its WD BLACK portfolio of storage solutions.

These include its first NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) with next-gen PCIe Gen4 technology, a fully bootable Gen3 x8 add-in-card and a Thunderbolt 3-powered NVMe SSD gaming dock, each offering eye-catching RGB lighting options.

“As game developers move towards creating immersive titles that require higher performance, consumers need to equip themselves with the best tools to stay up-to-speed,” said Western Digital Senior Vice President of Consumer Solutions, Jim Welsh.

“Innovative, high-performance storage solutions are essential to keep up with this ever-changing landscape. Our latest WD BLACK products have been purpose-built to allow gamers to meet the increasingly high standards of future games and gaming platforms.

“We’ve optimised these products to not only provide more storage for gamers but to elevate the gaming experience as a whole.”

The latest and upcoming WD BLACK gaming portfolio include:


Designed to feature the unprecedented performance of PCIe Gen4 technology, this future-ready product will deliver fast read/write speeds up to 7000/5300MB/s1 (1TB model). Built with the WD BLACK G2 controller and optimised for top-tier and high-intensive gaming (not intended for NAS or server environments), the WD BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD will help gamers achieve supreme PC performance. It reduces game load times and transfers files faster than its predecessor while using brand new cache technology3. In addition to high performance, the WD BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD also delivers improved low queue-depth performance over its predecessor, allowing both gaming and everyday users to experience smoother loading of applications. And, for the ultimate in aesthetics and customisation, there will be an optional RGB-enabled heatsink model that cuts down on thermal throttling. Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.

WD BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card

For gamers looking to achieve next-gen performance in a current-gen setup, this fully bootable plug and play add-in card is one of the fastest PCIe Gen3 x8 solutions on the market. Powered by two internal SSDs in RAID 0 and PCIe Gen3 x8 technology, gamers can experience read speeds up to 6500 MB/s1 and write speeds up to 4100MB/s1 (2TB and 4TB models), giving them lightning-fast gameplay so they can spend less time waiting and more time playing. Customisable RGB lighting (Windows only) complements your current rig while an integrated heatsink combats thermal throttling to help maintain peak performance. Available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities.


This compact, high-performance gaming dock SSD, with heatsink design, transforms a Thunderbolt 3-compatible laptop into an integrated and immersive gaming station. An optimal solution for gamers looking to streamline their setup, the dock offers super-fast speeds with NVMe technology, more capacity for games, and multiple ports for accessories – all powered by a single Thunderbolt 3 cord. The WD BLACK D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD is complete with customisable RGB lighting controlled through the WD BLACK Dashboard (Windows only). Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. A non-SSD option, the WD BLACK D50 Game Dock, is also available for purchase for AU$549.

With World Backup Day just around the corner (31 March), Western Digital also wants to show people how important it is to backup your data and provide some do’s and don’ts for safe saving.

Thankfully, WD has a range of products to help save your files across PCs, Macs and mobiles. Here are some do’s and don’ts.