A swanky new SSD is a vital bit of kit for any PS5 owner looking to expand their console's storage capacity, and Western Digital has been right up there as one of the most popular choices right from the off. The company was the very first to announce a PS5-ready SSD back in October 2020, and its WD_Black SN850 range has proven to be such a solid choice that Sony has officially endorsed it for its new-gen system.
While the SN850 has always been one of the most popular picks in our full guide to the Best PS5 SSDs, Western Digital is taking things a step further with the SN850X, an upgraded model of the SN850 that looks to be yet another fantastic option.
In a blog post, WD_BLACK product marketing manager Luis Tenorio says, "The first thing we did for the 850X is we squeezed a little bit more performance out of the drive. This is a PCIe Gen 4 dive, so we can theoretically get to an 8000 MB/s read speed. We are so close to the limits of PCIe Gen 4, and we can’t really push [the drive] much farther than we have with the 850X, so we’re looking to add features."
You can grab one below if you're interested – the 1TB and 2TB versions can be purchased with or without a heatsink included, while the 4TB model only comes without. We'll drop some product info for you just below these links:
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WD_BLACK SN850X Features:
Get the Ultimate Gaming Edge
Insane speeds up to 7,300 MB/s deliver top-tier performance with ridiculously short load times for the elite gaming experience you’ve been waiting for.
Soup Up Your Rig
Extremely low latency loads graphics fast with minimal stutter and lagging for an incredibly smooth, satisfying gaming experience.
More Room for More Games
Today’s A-list titles can take up 200GB or more of storage. A range of capacities from 1TB to 4TB means you get to keep more games at the ready and get into the action fast.
Heatsink for the Win
The WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe™ SSD 1TB and 2TB drives have an optional heatsink version that not only looks awesome but also helps your rig maintain peak performance through the most intense gaming sessions.
Game Mode 2.0
The latest version of Game Mode serves up even more PC performance-boosting features like load prediction to ready game assets for fast in-game loading.
Near-Max PCIe® Gen4 Speeds
The WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe™ SSD delivers output approaching the limits of the PCIe® Gen4 interface to help you get ultra-fast performance out of your storage and system components.
Also shipping now is the WD_BLACK P40, a portable storage solution that features a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface and "blazing" read speeds of up to 2,000 MB/s.
Let us know if you've tried one of Western Digital's WD_BLACK drives yourself, and feel free to check out our guide to the Best PS5 SSDs money can buy if you're wanting to check out more options.