Unless you own a PS5, the WD Black SN770 provides a natural progression from Gen 3 NVMe without the high cost associated with top-end Gen 4 drives. For those building a budget gaming rig, the SN770 is an excellent choice.
Although it may not quite saturate the PCIe 4.0 connection, WD’s Black SN770 is an extremely responsive and efficient SSD that trades blows with the best of the best, but for a fraction of the price.
The WD Black SN770 NVMe SSD is a solid, affordable mid-tier PCIe 4 drive that offers further evidence that DRAM-less design has come of age.
It’s taken a while for WD to launch another Gen4 drive into the market, but with the Black SN770 WD has introduced a new controller which is used in combination with BiCS5 TLC NAND to good effect. But the 1TB Gen4 market space is highly competitive and the price could do with a little trimming.
Simultaneously our value champion and performance champion, the WD Black SN770 is something special indeed.
If you’re shopping for an affordable, but high-performance SSD for a new gaming rig, the new WD Black SN770 should definitely be on your short list.
If you’re on a very tight budget for a Gen4 drive where only sequential read speeds matter, then the SN770 would likely suffice. Ultimately though, WD causes confusion with the gaming-centric Black branding on the SN770. It would be more appropriate to put this squarely in the value-centric WD Blue category, so there’s less static as to expectations. Serious gamers will be joyous with the SN850. The SN770 is 64-bit purgatory by comparison.