I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the rate at which computer storage improves always throws me for a loop. It always goes along the same lines; I’ll get my hands on a new drive or an especially beefy microSD card, look at someone nearby and exclaim how I remember having a huge HDD that could maybe hold 5 GB and that that was one of the larger one’s at the time. I never feel older than I do when I’m holding some hot new hard drive technology. Well, Western Digital has an interesting bundle going on with their fancy WD_BLACK SN750 SE NVMe SSD drives, and I feel positively ancient.
If you haven’t got into the frustrating and futile world of building a PC during widespread component shortages and a global pandemic, or you don’t keep up with all the latest developments in computer hardware, you could be forgiven for not knowing about NVMe drives yet. Basically, this is the new standard for internal solid-state drives, with the same stability as your standard SSD, but with even faster transfer speeds and, of course, much, much smaller.
The WD_BLACK SN750 SE, the drive in question, boasts a maximum read speed of 3600 MB/s. That’s really fast, over three times as fast as your standard SSD, and similar to the average speed of a PlayStation 5, one of its most touted features. Needless to say, these little suckers are making huge leaps in making things like game loading times a thing of the past, which is good because this comes bundled with a shiny new game.
In a partnership between Western Digital and EA DICE, this particular NVMe drive comes bundled with a preload code for the upcoming Battlefield 2042, because it has not been released quite yet. Battlefield has been an immensely popular multiplayer first-person shooter in the past, often one of the most popular games in the genre, and 2042 looks to be continuing that tradition, with futuristic weapon technologies, new on the spot weapon modification tools, several different multiplayer modes, and cross-platform play, so you can destroy all your friends no matter where they’re playing. The game isn’t slated to be released until late November, but a Beta build coming in October might be worth a look for fans of the series.
“The WD_BLACK SN750 SE is a sleek bit of fresh tech if you’re looking into building a new desktop or upgrading the one you’re already using.”
So, the WD_BLACK SN750 SE is a sleek bit of fresh tech if you’re looking into building a new desktop or upgrading the one you’re already using. It even has some slick branding right on the drive to go along with this gaming bundle and prove that this is a limited edition drive. Battlefield 2042 is a promising looking upcoming game, but there’s no telling how good it will be until it is actually released.
Most important for some, however, is the price. When looking at the cost of the standard WD_BLACK SN750 SE NVMe SSD drive and the price of Battlefield 2042, with the bundle you’ll save about twenty bucks whether you go for the 500 Gigabyte or the 1 Terabyte drive. So, if you’re interested in the game and are in the market for a new hard drive, then it’s an easy decision. If you’re on the fence, the drive will only be available for a limited time, so put a little bit of speed into your decision-making.