back to article The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher

Just over a year after the first Black M.2 SSD hit the streets, Western Digital has doubled its maximum capacity to 1TB, doubled sequential read bandwidth and more than doubled the random read IOPS. Here are the main numbers of this drive: 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, using 3D NAND Random read and write IOPS – up to 500 …

  1. YourNameHere


    Who makes the controller?

    1. englishr

      Re: Controller?

      It’s a WD home grown controller.

      1. gbshore

        Re: Controller?

        They acquired a startup called Skyera that’s really the engine behind this...they didn’t develop it.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Did they double or triple the price?

    It would be real news if they cut the price down to that of spinning rust.

    1. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge

      @Ivan 4

      Not going to happen.

      Also most PCs maybe have 1 M.2 port, some 2 and a few 3.

      For the home PC 2TB of fast storage is good enough.

      For those doing real things ... you would want more fast storage and then use SSDs (SATA) for slower storage and ditch HDDs altogether.

      Add to this some GPUs w CUDA capabilities and you have a poor man's workshop for ML and AI.

      Its a good thing that the M.2 NVMe drives are now more affordable but still a long way to go...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: @Ivan 4

        Those doing real things aren't going to use SATA, when the dual-ported SAS does it better for a similar price. Just saying.

        1. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge

          @AC Re: @Ivan 4

          Yeah, however the M.2 NVMe does a better job than dual ported SAS.

          The point was that it depends on the use case.

          Most PC gamer types aren't going to need this.

          But if you're doing a mini cluster for work using higher end PCs could keep the costs down.

          18 core chips are expensive and then you have to have enough memory to boot.... that's $$$

          Building out a tiered storage platform on PCs (i9 chips) could make more sense.

  3. Flakk Silver badge

    That Kid Looks Way Too Happy

    He's either an unusually young storage nerd/enthusiast system builder, or someone needs to tell him that he doesn't need the performance of a PCIe device to look at what he's looking at.

    1. Horridbloke

      Re: That Kid Looks Way Too Happy

      He's in the nineties. Things were much happier back then.

    2. Daggerchild Silver badge

      Re: That Kid Looks Way Too Happy

      No, he's frozen in fear...

      His little sister has picked the lock, crept up behind him while he was 'researching', and has just that moment made her presence known. The icy touch combines with the outbreak of cold sweat.. She's eager to begin these blackmail negotiations.

      Sisters... *shudder*...

      1. the spectacularly refined chap

        Re: That Kid Looks Way Too Happy

        No, I recognise that exact facial expression - it's the "How fast can I locate a window showing something innocent that covers the whole screen" look.

  4. annodomini2

    Great... NOT

    New Drive, better performance. Great.

    Same name, how does anyone differentiate between new and old stock. Morons.

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