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WD Black SN750 SE review: Speedy and cheap

WD Black SN750 SE review: Speedy and cheap

WD Black SN750 SE

The 1TB WD Black SN750 SE is easy to like and recommend. At less than S$200 (for 1TB), it's a cheaper alternative to the flagship SN850, but with a slight performance hit to keep it affordable. Its performance is similar to other NVMe SSDs in the same price range, too.

Quick specs

  • Phison E19T controller (no DRAM)
  • Read and write: 3,600 MB/s and 2,830 MB/s
  • Comes in 250GB, 500GB, or 1TB versions
  • PCIe Gen 4

To get the advertised speeds, you will need a M.2 port. If your PC was built in the last five years, you should be fine. The SN750 SE offers read and write speeds of 3,445 MB/s and 2,886 MB/s respectively. This is comparable to what you get with the Samsung 980 NVMe SSD, though it's still slightly slower than the Samsung 970 EVO Plus.

WD Black SN750 SE
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The SN750 SE also lacks DRAM. This means if your work flow has a lot of heavy data workloads, the performance will not be as good. But for day-to-day use, or even as a boot drive, you'll be fine. You'll have no issues with this as a gaming drive too — that's what WD is marketing this drive for anyway. Despite its PCIe 4.0 support, which offers 64 GB/s transfer bandwidth and double over PCIe 3.0, you probably won't see a significant performance boost. Even in my tests with my PCIe 3.0 PC, I was already hitting the speed limits on this SSD.

WD Black SN750 SE
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Another thing to note is that you can't use this to do an NVMe upgrade for your Sony PlayStation 5. The requirements for the PS5 NVMe upgrade requires at least 5,500 MB/s sequential read speeds. The SN750 SE caps out at 3,600 MB/s. That said, it will boost the speed of your PC if it's still using a HDD or even a SATA-based SSD.

TheWD Black SN750 SE makes a lot of sense if you're looking for an inexpensive performance upgrade for your PC. It's also priced competitively against the Samsung 980 NVMe SSD, which offers similar performance. You can grab the 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB versions at Amazon SG or Amazon US. You can grab it with Battlefield 2042 bundled at a slight discount, too. It's not yet available on Shopee or Lazada.

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