WD Black NVMe SSD Test Setup
In testing the WD Black 3D NVMe SSD 1TB capacity, I am using a Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 5 motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-8700K CPU. Below are the rest of the system’s specifications:
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 5
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Pacific RL360 WCS Kit
Memory: HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 2933MHz 16GB
Graphics card: AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled
OS Drive: Kingston KC1000 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W Prime Titanium
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P5
The benchmark results on the succeeding pages are the results I got during my tests using the specific sample WD sent. Performance may vary from one capacity to another and from one system to another (slightly). You may or may not get the same exact results shown in this review.
For comparison, I’ve included benchmark results from SATA SSDs and a WD hard drive in the graphs. This is to give you an idea on how fast an NVMe SSD is compared to SATA-based SSD and a hard disk drive. Unfortunately, our Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD sample didn’t arrive yet. It would be nice to see how the WD Black performs against the 960 and 970 series.
WD Black 3D NVMe SSD 1TB Temperature
When I tested the WD Black NVMe SSD, I didn’t install any heat spreader or pointed any fan towards the drive. It was just sitting right under the CPU (water block) and right above the RX Vega 64 LC. During idle or (very) light workloads, the drive’s temperature would play around 45° to 50° Celsius. On moderate to full workloads, temperature would go up to around 60°+ Celsius. The peak temperature I got was around 70° Celsius.
Let’s proceed to the next page for the benchmark results.