WD Black 512GB PCIE NVMe SSD Review

WD Black 512GB PCI-e NVMe SSD close up

Here’s a closer shot of the WD Black 512GB PCI-e NVMe SSD.  First off, you will find the label that has the capacity of the drive, a very nice 512GB.  Then we have the model WD Black 512GB PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD and below the  entire model number WDS512G1X0C-00ENX0 and the date of when it was manufactured.  Some bar codes for the model number, serial number, power specifications of 3.3VDC and 2.5A then again, the model number.

It looks like a chip is exposed, let’s take a close look.

We can see that this chip is a SanDisk chip, but is there anything additional under the label,… let’s find out.

OK, now the drive is fully exposed, let’s take a close look.

On the far right of the PCB, we find a SanDisk 05506 256G 15nm TLC NAND flash module, this is 256GB’s of the drives 512GB, where’d the rest go?  It is common for Hard Drive/SSD manufactures to buy chips from other manufactures but in this case, SanDisk is part of Western Digital.  SanDisk was acquired by Western Digital back in May 12th 2016 in an effort to strengthen their lead and presence in storage technology globally.  There are a few more chips here, so let’s move on to the left.

Here we find Marvell’s 88SS1093 controller.  The controller allows for enhancements in reliability, endurance, low power management design and NVMe 1.1 support.

In between the controller and the final chip, we find a Hynix memory module H5TC2G63GFR.  This is a 2Gb low power Double Data Rate III (DDR3L) Synchronous DRAM module suited for main memory applications that require large memory density, high bandwidth and low power operations at 1.35V.  On the far left of the PCB, we find the last module.

This is the 2nd piece of the missing 256Gig, it looks like another SanDisk 05506 256G 15nm TLC NAND flash module, we found it… we really found it.  256GB plus 256GB add up to 512GB, I love it when a plan comes together.  This drive utilizes 2 x 256GB modules to give you 1 large drive.

On the back.

On the back, we can find the rear traces that join everything together, ahhh technology.

Then we have the M.2 socket, the connector where you insert WD Black 512GB PCI-e NVMe SSD M.2 card onto the board.  WD Black PCIe SSDs are certified by the WD F.I.T. lab for compatibility on a wide range of PC configurations.  Western Digital actually has a Compatibility Sheet that shows the devices it has been tested on.  My EVGA Z270 FTW K motherboard was not on this document, but chances are it would work (I wrote this article with this installed, so it worked ;) ).  You can check out this document here: Compatibility Sheet

This is one of the M.2 slots on the EVGA Z270 FTW K board.

Just a different angle, kind of like a run way, waiting for an M.2 SSD to land.  Well, this WD Black 512GB PCI-e NVMe SSD will be landing here in a second, I will be showing you how to install it on the next page.  I will not only show you how to install in onto this motherboard, but I will show you to configure it in the BIOS and how to install Microsoft Windows 10 Professional on to it.  The bad thing about M.2 drives on this board, and it’s not Western Digital’s fault on this is that when you enable the M.2 feature in the BIOS, it disables 2 SATA ports, so I hope you don’t have them all filled up when you buy one.

Continue on to: How to install and configure the WD Black 512GB PCI-e NVMe SSD

Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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