If you’re interested in a single 2.5-inch or M.2 SSD for upgrading your system or laptop, you can skip this article. The WD Black AN1500 reviewed here is a full-sized, x8 PCIe 3.0 card for use in gaming or creative PCs—with the goal of bringing near-PCIe 4.0 performance to PCIe 3.0 computers.
In synthetic benchmarks, it gets darn close with 6.5GBps reading and well over 4GBps writing. That could be good news for those that opted for Intel over AMD Ryzen in their gaming or video rigs, but read the performance section closely.
This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best SSDs. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.