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    WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

    Something that doesn't make sense to me; I get USB-C has bandwidth aplenty, but what about latency? Surely a drive like this would have latency increased in such an application and is this enough to affect random seek times or even limit IOPS?

    Additionally, that case appears oversized. I wonder if I could pack it with saltpetre and sugar and trigger a self-destruct by running a benchmark which triggers some secret overdrive function (for higher scores) and disables throttling?

    That would be awesome. Rocket speed, indeed.

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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

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    Something that doesn't make sense to me; I get USB-C has bandwidth aplenty, but what about latency? Surely a drive like this would have latency increased in such an application and is this enough to affect random seek times or even limit IOPS?
    The article suggests the external USB-C drive is targeting XBOX Series X|S and PS5 consoles and the growing need for offline storage of games... so latency is less of an issue in this role.

    It's just a big, fat backup drive for shuttling off game data you're not going to use for a while... so console gamers have enough free space to download & install that next 150GB Call of Duty patch ;-P

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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

    hmm, I was just looking at SN750 as an upgrade. Wonder if it's worth waiting for the newer one. I mean my motherboard is a MAXIMUS VIII RANGER, so probably the older model is good enough? Anyone know? I have very limited knowledge about SSD's.
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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

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    hmm, I was just looking at SN750 as an upgrade. Wonder if it's worth waiting for the newer one. I mean my motherboard is a MAXIMUS VIII RANGER, so probably the older model is good enough? Anyone know? I have very limited knowledge about SSD's.
    The old SN750 is a nice drive, and this sounds like a meh upgrade so still a nice drive. I don't think you can make a bad call on this one tbh.

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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by KultiVator View Post
    The article suggests the external USB-C drive is targeting XBOX Series X|S and PS5 consoles and the growing need for offline storage of games... so latency is less of an issue in this role.

    It's just a big, fat backup drive for shuttling off game data you're not going to use for a while... so console gamers have enough free space to download & install that next 150GB Call of Duty patch ;-P
    Makes sense. From a technical point of view does USB-C significantly increase latency or is that just im my head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    Makes sense. From a technical point of view does USB-C significantly increase latency or is that just im my head?
    Most external USB drives do introduce a little latency - as the USB controller inside the drive is performing some data protocol relay and/or conversion duties.

    I'd suspect we're only talking about a few milliseconds though, so not a big deal and other technologies such as UASP also mix in some enhancements that can eat away further at the performance 'gap'.

    The final performance you get from a USB-C drive is dependent on many factors, including the controller chipset used, the command set employed (ATA, ATAPI, UASP, etc), the drive's physical properties and also the amount of bandwidth available via USB (e.g. when a number of devices are attached to the same USB root hub with finite capacity).
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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    The old SN750 is a nice drive, and this sounds like a meh upgrade so still a nice drive. I don't think you can make a bad call on this one tbh.
    Thanks, I appreciate the reply.


    Just one more question... does anyone know if the SN750 come with the screw to attach it to the motherboard? I don't think I have all the spare screws from the motherboard (it's over 3 years old, and think I misplaced them when I moved house)... so if it doesn't come with one, I guess I have to buy one? I looked in the WD website, but doesn't say anything about this. Thanks in advance for any answer.
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    Thanks, I appreciate the reply.


    Just one more question... does anyone know if the SN750 come with the screw to attach it to the motherboard? I don't think I have all the spare screws from the motherboard (it's over 3 years old, and think I misplaced them when I moved house)... so if it doesn't come with one, I guess I have to buy one? I looked in the WD website, but doesn't say anything about this. Thanks in advance for any answer.
    Don't know for sure with Western Digital - but none of the M.2 SSDs I've bought over the last year or so came with either a screw or a stand-off.

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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by KultiVator View Post
    Don't know for sure with Western Digital - but none of the M.2 SSDs I've bought over the last year or so came with either a screw or a stand-off.
    ah, ok thank you. Good to know. might as well buy it at the same time then... don't want to wait another few days for screws and standoffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scryder View Post
    ah, ok thank you. Good to know. might as well buy it at the same time then... don't want to wait another few days for screws and standoffs.
    I'm pretty sure mine didn't come with screws. Had the same situation at work, ended up buying a pack of them off Amazon.

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    I have the even older SN700,and the SN750 was hardly an upgrade over that!!

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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

    Excellent. Looking forward to the upgrade. I'll be upgrading from a WD Black HDD to SN750. So should be a decent upgrade. I do have an Intel SSD, but capacity is only 220GB, so not much space for games. Glad SSD prices are lower now.
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    Re: WD announces D30 Game Drive, SN750E SSD, SanDisk Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by Scryder View Post
    Excellent. Looking forward to the upgrade. I'll be upgrading from a WD Black HDD to SN750. So should be a decent upgrade. I do have an Intel SSD, but capacity is only 220GB, so not much space for games. Glad SSD prices are lower now.
    IIRC,the reason I bought the SN700 was because it had reasonable power requirements,and had consistent performance even when filled. Also WD has UK based RMA too.

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