The WD Black AN1500 solves several problems for those with Intel motherboards that want faster storage. But it isn’t an inexpensive option, and it comes with a few caveats.
The WD AN1500 is nice looking, sports RGB lighting, and likely delivers enough performance boost with late-model CPUs for gamers with deep pockets. The average user can opt for something less expensive, such as WD's new Black SN850 M.2 NVMe drive.
WD’s Black AN1500 delivers high bandwidth and speed that rival’s Gen4 competitors, thanks to an enterprise-grade RAID controller, and comes with a price tag to match.
Overall the WD_BLACK AN1500 is a drive that can give gamers a boost without needing to go to a PCIe Gen4 platform yet. While not the only option out there, it does have a pretty significant read boost that should translate into less time waiting and more time playing.
The WD_Black AN1500 AIC is fast, but PCIe Gen 4.0 drives are here and you have to deal with a RAID0 array.
Still, with boosts, it provides at least a modest performance boost over PCIe 3.0 for those with cutting-edge needs and deep pockets. It looks great on the case. Modern vintage CPUs optimize gain.