WD Black AN1500 2TB RGB NVMe SSD RAID Card Review – 6.5GB/s, 5-Year Warranty and It Boots!

AJA VIDEO SYSTEM DISK TEST

The AJA Video Systems Disk Test is relatively new to our testing and tests the transfer speed of video files with different resolutions and Codec.

TxBENCH

TxBench is one of our newly discovered benchmarks that we works much the same as Crystal Diskmark, but with several other features.  Advanced load benchmarking can be configured, as well as full drive information and data erasing via secure erase, enhanced secure erase, TRIM and overwriting.  Simply click on the title for a free copy.

PCMARK 8 STORAGE 2.0

The SSD Review uses PCMark 8’s Storage test suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, it covers some of the most popular light to heavy workloads. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. After an initial break-in cycle and three rounds of the testing, we are given a file score and bandwidth amount. The higher the score/bandwidth, the better the drive performs.

As much as we would have liked to see better marks from the WD Black AN1500, it has held its own in this benchmark considering TLC NAND flash memory is in use.

 

10 comments

  1. DaveH

    What if you wanted to swap out the WD 1TBs for a pair of Samsung Pro 980s? Doable?

    • It may be doable…wait for it. Wouldn’t it be nice seeing this get 14GB/s performance…

      • I think the Controller might be the bottleneck in some cases.
        The “Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 AIC” is supposed to push 15Gb/s, but it still hasn’t been released yet, AFAIC.

  2. Good day!
    How does this card boot:
    – identification via recent chipset UEFI as NVMe
    or
    – on-board Option ROM ? (so to speak X79/C60x-congegration´s wet dream)

    WD support unfortunately classifies this information as “industrial secret”.
    At least, from WD´s reply, this card does not need a motherboard capable of PCIe-bifurcation.

    Regards

  3. To boot or not to boot….depends on drive bios no?

  4. Can one replace the WD SN730 M.2 Nvme SSDs with Samsung M.2 Nvme SSDs like the 970 Evo Plus SSDs ?

    Probably no uptick in performance that would be noticeable but just curious.

    Thanks.

    • You *can* but you won’t like it very much. Non-WD SSDs on this card don’t do much better than a single NVMe drive, sometimes worse. I’ve tried 2x1TB 960 EVO, max read was only about 3.8GB/s. 2x1TB 970 EVO was even worse, 1.8GB/s read and 1.6GB/s write. I suspect something in the drive controller’s FW is setting an artificial cap when non-WD SSDs are detected.

      • Perhaps there are compatibility issues with the Samsung drivers?
        Tried using with your OS´s stock NVME-drivers?

        Highpoint just released their 6200 series NVME PCIe 3.0 RAID cards that use the same Marvel 88NR2241 controller.
        As these cards are Plug & Play, too, maybe Highpoint´s RAID management controller can be used to tweak the WD/Samsung combo — can´t find a dedicated one for the 6200 series tho; don´t know if their 7200/7100 series ones function universally.

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