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VIDEO: Western Digital launches game changing new 3D NVMe SSD for gamers

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With PC gamers on the cutting edge of performance and hyper-realistic immersiveness featuring ever richer and more intensive visual content, you will surely feel the need for super fast storage speed!

Superlative storage maker Western Digital  has launched its latest super-fast storage solution, its "high-performance, Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD". 

As you'd expect, the drive features WD's "own SSD architecture and controller", and we're told that it "accelerates data for PC applications enabling users to quickly access, engage and capture today’s high-resolution video, audio and gaming content".

Clearly, with growing demand for rich content, WD reminds us that "PCs must have the capability to run intensive applications and enable the 4K/Ultra HD graphics and video content experiences".

So, to move this immense amount of data quickly and seamlessly, WD tells us that it has "developed a new breed of SSDs to assist in removing the traditional storage bottleneck".

As you'd expect, this is an M.2 drive, and it "features a new NVMe architecture and controller that optimally integrates with Western Digital 3D NAND".

WD says its "new vertically integrated SSD platform has been engineered from the ground up, specifically architected to help maximise performance for NVMe SSDs with advanced power management, durability and endurance for the growing range of applications benefiting from NVMe technology".

Mark Grace, WD's senior vice-president of its Devices Business Unit, said: “Today’s gaming applications require increasing capability from their PCs, and this will only continue to advance. With our new architecture and controller, the Western Digital Black SSD integrates our 3D NAND technology with the NVMe interface to enable new levels of performance. Whether

"it’s a new gaming rig or a video-editing workstation, our innovative NVMe drives will power many existing and future environments that enable data to thrive."

So, what are some of the specs and other details?

WD says its "Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD" has been "built to boost gaming systems" and notes that it offers "exceptional sequential read (up to 3,400 MB/s for 1TB and 500GB model) and write performance (up to 2,8001MB/s for 1TB model) combined with up to 1TB capacities, the new drive is ideal for enhancing user experiences in gaming environments that benefit from acceleration of intensive fast data".

Additionally, we're told that "the drives feature up to 500,000 random-read IOPs (for 1TB model) to deliver extreme throughput, which is ideal for multi-threaded applications and data-intensive multitasking environments".

Pricing, availability and warranty

As for the warranty, it has a "a five-year limited warranty with up to 600TBW endurance (for 1TB model)."

The Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD is available in Australia in capacities of 256GB ($169), 512GB ($325) and 1TB ($609), and the new drives will be available by mid-April 2018 at select Western Digital retailers and e-tailers.

Here's Western Digital's official promo video:

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