In honor of Labor Day in the United States, Amazon has struck a deal on an SSD that runs faster than most. Normally $129, the WD Black SN850 (1TB) is now available for $109, which is a historically low price as of mid-July. This version of the popular NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD comes with an integrated heatsink, making it ideal as an upgrade for a PS5.
The WD Black SN850 offers sequential read and write speeds of 7000/5300 Mbps respectively. When we did our review of the WD Black SN850 (opens in a new tab) the reader latched onto the popular Samsung 980 PRO, beating it on some benchmarks and just behind on others.
On DiskBench, a synthetic storage test that involves copying 100 GB of data, the WD Black SN850 moved our set of 22,579 files at a speed of 1,522 MBps. It was slightly ahead of Samsung’s drive and well ahead of the PCIe 3.0 drives we compared it to.
Another big plus of the WD Black SN850 is that this model comes with a heatsink which makes it ideal for use in Sony’s PlayStation 5 game console. The PS5 has a very closed internal storage expansion slot and there is a risk of thermal throttling due to overheating because of this. The heatsink included with the SN850 solves this problem.