WD Black SN750 SE 500 GB Review: PCIe 4.0 SSD for PC and Game Consoles

The WD Black SN750 SSD returns in a third review that takes the SE suffix for the Special Edition. Compared to the previous generation launched in 2019, the manufacturer slightly increased the theoretical read and write speeds, and took the opportunity to move from the PCIe 3 interface of older versions to the PCIe 4 interface. In absolute terms, this point does not change much on the PC, but it allows This solid state drive offers compatibility with the Sony PS5 console – although a third-party heatsink will be necessary for this specific use.

Therefore, the SN750 SE runs on a PCIe 4.0 interface, supports the NVMe 1.4 standard and comes in the form of the classic M.2 2280 module. Storage capacities aren’t impressive (from 250GB to 1TB), and we’re testing the 500GB version here in all cases, the unit is rather poor in components. It contains a single memory chip, among other things, from the WD factories and a type of 3D NAND TLC – without further details.

Memory management is entrusted to the Phison PS5019-E19 controller. This is the first time we’ve encountered this chip, but it was introduced in 2019. Geared towards the entry level, it’s engraved at 28nm, while high-end versions like the PS5018-E18 are etched at 12nm. This should have no effect on warming up, as the E19 chip only uses one Arm Cortex-R5 core – there are three on the E18; This results in an electrical consumption of about 1.6 watts, or half that of the top-of-the-range model. Since the Phison E19 is of the “less DRAM” type, the SN750 SE SSD has no cache.

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Warranty 5 years or 300TB of written data, whichever comes first. This write-off guarantee is shorter than what we usually encounter now. This is still somewhat true, however, and equates to a daily write volume of 164GB over 5 years. There is no doubt that in classical usage (PC the gamesor office or console), rather it will be the warranty period that will be reached first.

Finally, this SSD is offered in a limited edition, dubbed Black SN750 SE Limited Edition. This one has a sticker Battlefield 2042 In its center, a download icon for the game DICE is also provided. Technical characteristics do not change, and will not change Skill In this FPS.

Frank Mccarthy

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