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Frequently Asked Questions

You Ask, Western Digital Answers

What’s up, gamers? Getting in a lot of extra quarantine hours for catching up on your classic literature reading?

Kidding. We know you’re doubling down on your favorite games.

Of course, all those legions of stay-at-home gamers might be crushing the Internet’s bandwidth, but weeks of heavier playing also spotlights your gaming rig’s resources. Storage plays an important role in gameplay, which naturally leads to a lot of questions as people wonder if they can improve their gaming experiences and how to go about it.

We put out an A.M.A (Ask Me Anything) on Instagram recently asking for people’s input. What questions would you like us to address? Yes, you can still contribute, and, no, not every question has to be super serious.

For now, we selected five questions from our enthusiast audience to kick things off.

First, we’re going to assume that you’re on a system that supports NVMe storage. Some analysts expect the NVMe market to nearly quadruple over the next five years as enterprises and consumers alike discover the performance advantages of NVMe storage over SATA.

If you’re looking for a great budget NVMe SSD, our WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD should fit the bill. A Tom’s Hardware review concluded that “WD Blue SN500 leaves SATA drives in the dust,” and now the WD Blue SN550 is even better. With read speeds up to 2400MB/s, the WD Blue SN550 is a fast, very affordable starting point. As the Tom’s piece notes, “you will find yourself wanting for more if you have a heavy workload. … That’s what the beefier WD Black is for.” The 1TB WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe SSD drive has read speeds of up to 3470MB/s (1TB heatsink model) and writes of up to 3000 MB/s (500GB and 1TB models). The WD Black SN750 uses a 64-layer, 3D NAND, triple-level cell (TLC) design and 256MB of DRAM cache for every 250GB of capacity. Simply put, our WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe SSD is screamin’ fast!