These days, game files are massive and each update and version they get bigger and bigger. For instance, the latest version of Call of Duty is over 180GB! So the saying, you can never have enough storage is very relevant in this usage. For most, a standard hard drive does. But what if you wanted something a bit quicker for faster loading of the game and to get through those loading screens quicker? Well Western Digital may have you covered with their WD Black P50 Game Drive which is a USB-C external SSD for PC and consoles!

Big thanks to Western Digital for sending this out for review!

What’s in the Box?

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The packaging for the WD Black P50 is very much like the rest of the WD Black lineup; It’s a black box with the product name, pictures and information. Seeing how this is an SSD, there isn’t overly much protective packaging. It’s just mainly to protect it from getting scratched as an SSD can’t be damaged from drops like a traditional hard drive. With all that out of the way, here’s what you get in the box.

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You get the P50 game drive itself, a USB-C to USB-C cable, a USB-A to USB-C cable and some documentation.

Design and Features

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The WD Black P50 Game Drive is a really, really solid SSD. It’s super rugged with a fully black aluminium exterior and raised bumps along the top and bottom. It has a very Military grade look to it. It’s all metal and has the WD_Black text in a very rugged looking font. 

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On the front of the SSD is where the USB-C port is. This is the main port used to transfer files to and from the SSD. I’m really glad that Western Digital went with a USB-C port instead of that weird extended Micro-USB looking one. I’m a huge advocate for the use of USB-C and am glad that a lot of brands are making the transition over to it.

Next to the USB-C port is the LED indicator light to let you know that the SSD is plugged in and powered but also when the SSD is in use.

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Underneath the SSD is 4 rubber feet to stop the SSD sliding around. Also found under here are little slots cut out. I can only assume these are to help keep the SSD cool while in use by air passively moving in and around these fins. 

Features

Western Digital’s Legacy

Western Digital has been the main choice for gamers for many years now, especially with their high performance and robust WD Black lineup giving you number crushing performance and high speed gaming.

Command Performance

The WD Black P50 is capable of providing read speeds of up to 2000MB/s which eliminates things like game load times and loading screens for a lightning fast gaming experience.

Battle Tested

With up to 2TB of added storage, there’s no need to clear room on your hard drive for new games. now you can keep your old favorites intact as you build your ideal game library. The WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD has a portable form factor that lets you take your game library on the road for portable, high speed gaming.

SuperSpeed USB

The WD Black P50 Game Drive uses that latest generation of USB-C to give you those super fast loading speeds in game. The new USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface is specifically designed for gamers on the market. Making your drive compatible with new hardware, components, and accessories for years to come.

Specs

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Performance

In its core, the WD Black P50 Game Drive is just your normal everyday SSD. And of course that is going to blow away any hard drive you throw at it. I installed a number of games on a standard 7200RPM HDD and the same games on the WD Black P50 Game Drive and the difference is just astounding. It took a 46 second loading screen down to about 9 seconds which is just incredible. Some may think that’s not a big deal but if you’re playing a game with a lot of loading screens and cutscenes to transition in and out of. This time adds up and personally, having anything load faster is just better. My personal PC doesn’t have a single mechanical hard drive in it.

If you want specific numbers, check out the Crystal Disk Mark Benchmark below.

Benchmarks

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Pricing

The 1TB version of the WD Black P50 Game Drive. Which is the unit I have can be found online for around $500 and the 2TB for $900. 

Conclusion

If you’re still running a traditional hard drive for your game storage. This is really a must have to get those faster loading times and blaze through those loading screens. The only real con to it is you have to have a USB 3.2 Gen 2 2×2 port to get the best performance out of the drive.

Available from Amazon Australia

Read my Latest Review!

Disclosure: The WD Black P50 Game Drive review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD
  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • User Friendly
  • Value for Money
4.8

Summary

If you’re still running a traditional hard drive for your game storage. This is really a must have to get those faster loading times and blaze through those loading screens. The only real con to it is you have to have a USB 3.2 Gen 2 2×2 port to get the best performance out of the drive.