WD Black 512GB PCIE NVMe SSD Review

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

This is Western Digital’s first foray into the PCIe SSD NVMe based segment, and I think they did a great job.  That was not the conclusion of the review though, while they did do a great job, the drive is not perfect, and here’s why I feel that way, the goods and the bads.


  • No drivers needed
  • Affordable Drive
  • Very fast
  • Software allows you to search for firmware updates with one click
  • Includes Acronis True Image, even though it’s not the full version, it has nice features
  • Nice warranty, 5 years


  • Does not meet its rated speed specs.
    • Write Speeds are lacking
    • Read Speeds on par

A bunch of pros and one con, it is a pretty big one but being that the price is much lower than drives at its rate/not rated speeds and capacity, its amazingly affordable comparatively.  This is the first NVMe PCIe SSD I have reviewed/used and I am impressed, once I get more in I will compare these speeds and give you a much better way to compare them.  Compare it with your own drives and let me know what you think?

One other thing I do have to mention, you may purchase this drive and actually get better performance from it, it all depends on your setup.  There have been no tweaks made on this drive, these are all with default windows settings, on a fresh install of Windows 10 Professional.

So with that, the price counter acting the slightly reduced speeds, I wanted to give it a 5 because of the price and performance, but if you say it should perform one way, it should perform that way.  I give this drive a 4.5 out of 5.  If this drive was more expensive, I would have given it a 4 out of 5.

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Disclaimer:  Western Digital provided us with the WD Black 512GB PCIE SSD to do a thorough and accurate review.  All opinions are 100% authors and authors alone.

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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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