UPDATED – WD_Black P50 Game Drive Portable SSD – USB 3.2 Gen 2 (20Gbps) SSD Reaches 2GB/s Transfer Speeds

REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS – AMENDED

Our review of the WD Black P50 Game Drive Portable SSD was going very well as its build is beyond reproach, it comes with a 5-year warranty and our synthetic benchmarks demonstrated that it is capable of providing both read and write performance up to 2GB/s.  Considering that USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps) is a rather niche product, we were even supportive of product pricing which wasn’t unreachable by any means.

Our true data testing ‘initially’ produced a result that we had never seen before which really interested us.  As much as the P50 is built to store media files such as video, photos and music, the time it took to transfer the 15GB music sample was unheard of and something we had never seen prior.  This, of course, carried on to our 15GB OS transfer which took five minutes to complete, again something we hadn’t seen in some time.

After reading our final report and brief, Western Digital updated us a short time later with a new firmware relating that this firmware should fix the issue that we had experienced.  It did and then some as it demonstrated amazing true data testing with a very steady transfer rate as shown here once again:

We are happy to report that we, not only throw our full support behind the WD_Black P50 Game Drive External SSD for your purchase, but are happy to award it with our Gold Seal as well.

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WD_Black P50 Game Drive Ratings

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Pricing and Abailability

Solid Build!

The WD Black P50 Game Drive Portable SSD is of a decent build with a striking appearance that reached 2GB/s in read and write data transfers. It comes with a 5-year limited warranty and its pricing is decent.

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7 comments

  1. I have one of these (512GB) and have tested it with my new PlayStation 5.

    I get approximately 2300MB/s writing to it when copying across games from the internal SSD.

    • Hi,

      I’m curious on a few things. One the ports on the ps5 are 10 gigabits per secodn which means that should be impossible, 2 I have one of these drives also and to transfer medievil ps4 which is 38GB to it it takes 1 min 48 seconds, and to transfer it back to the ps5 takes 4 minutes and 48 seconds.

      How to hell are you getting those speeds? Mine is effectively running at HDD speeds with the ps5, but not with my PC.

      • Hey sorry I didn’t get any email notifications that people had replied so only just saw these.

        Interesting, so obviously I have no way of running benchmarking software on the PS5 – but what I did was simply timed moving approx 200GB (I think it was) of games from the internal drive to the external wd_black drive – from that I came to around 2000-2300MB/s.

        – But if the port is 10Gbit – I agree I don’t see how this can be possible.

        I think either I measured it incorrectly, or the PS5 did some sort of compression during the data migration?

  2. I had heard that PS5 would need speeds in the PCIE4 range around 5GB/s.

    • For internal storage expansion and or new “optimized for PS5” game playback, yes.

      For legacy gaming or backups, no. Similar situation with XBox, new games have to be on intneral SSD, old games can play from legacy USB drives just fine.

  3. Maybe you did Sam, but I’m really confused I’m effectively getting around 350MBps with the drive No matter what I do. With 140MBps when writing back to the PS5. Both speeds are incredibly poor. When I get 1Gbps internet it would effectively be faster to delete and download than copy off and on.

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