With the WD Black NVMe 2018, the storage brand is at the top of the ssd in one fell swoop. That is a commendable result, because there are plenty of other manufacturers who have taken much longer than two generations. In terms of performance, the new WD Black is very close to the Samsung 970 Evo - we're quick to say they're almost as fast. Another positive surprise is the very low power consumption of the SSD.
For Western Digital, it is to be hoped that the underperforming previous Black SSD did not leave an overly bad aftertaste to consumers, as this second generation will allow WD to compete well with Samsung. Because it now produces both the controller and the flash memory in-house, it should also be possible to do interesting things in terms of price.
Should Samsung be worried now? In fact, and given the competitive prices with which it has put its new 970 Evo and Pro on the market, it is apparently already doing so. Partly because of this, the WD Black 2018 NVMe is now significantly more expensive than the 970 Evo. As far as we are concerned, the WD Black 2018 NVMe is already worth considering, but it really only becomes the clearly better choice over the Samsung SSD when WD also manages to match the price level of that drive. The lower power consumption, however, already makes the WD the better choices for use in laptops and is therefore deserving of an Excellent Choice Award.
With the WD Black 2018 NVMe, Western Digital is making a quantum leap in performance compared to its predecessor. WD can easily compete with the top when it comes to NVMe SSDs for consumers. And for that consumer, it is very good news that being able to make fast SSDs is no longer something that only Samsung can do.
- For the time being more expensive than the competition
- Steady-state writing performance just under the 970 Evo's
- Included software needs some more work
- Much faster than the previous generation (!)
- Outstanding real-world performance
- Very low energy consumption