Review: Western Digital’s WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD Exceed Expectations

Gaming can be heaps of fun, especially with high-end PCs and next-gen consoles dominating the scene these days. However, with all these improvements, file sizes are massive — new games are lightning-quick when it comes to filling your storage.

Also, with pastimes such as those, more often than not, you need to keep your digital portfolio portable. But when it’s time to invest in one of the best portable SSDs, look no further than the WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD.

WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD

The case offers good looks as well as a lot of strength, which helps a lot for cooling. The top cover is a big aluminum plate that draws heat off the SSD, which helps for sustained usage. The drive looks like a crate one would see in a Halo or Gears Of War game versus the standard portable SSD. This adds to the durability of the drive. The top of the drive has the WD_BLACK branding as well as the name of the drive.

The P50 is the first drive we’ve known that features the latest USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 that has the cap speed of 20Gbps. It also uses a USB-C port instead of a Micro-B SuperSpeed.

While the WD Black P50 is compatible with next-gen consoles, it won’t take advantage of that faster interface speed because their USB Type-A ports are limited to just 10Gbps. With 20Gbps on tap, the P50 Game Drive is a much better match for avid content creators, who are more likely to have that faster port in the first place.

The portable SSD comes pre-formatted as exFAT for cross-platform compatibility. Whether you use it on a Mac, PC, PlayStation, or Xbox, compatibility is plug n’ play. If you want Trim support, though, the P50 Game Drive will need to be formatted.

With hardware DSP, soft decode, XOR, and a multi-gear hardware LDPC engine, WD’s Black P50 Game Drive ensures reliable reading even when challenged with high bit-error pages.

WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD: Technical Specifications

  • Available Capacities: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Interface transfer rate: USB 3.2 Gen 2x2up to 20Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 118mm, x 62mm x 14mm
  • Weight: 115g
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 35°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C to 70°C

Price: S$599