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Western Digital Ups the Game with Powerful New Gaming SSD with NVMe Performance


PC gaming is increasingly immersive, with richer and more intense visual
content than ever before, and gamers are faced with making technology
choices to maximize their experience. To push leading-edge performance,
lower power consumption and extended durability for PC gaming systems, Western
Digital Corporation
(NASDAQ:WDC) today introduced a
high-performance Western
Digital® Black 3D NVMe™ SSD
featuring the company's own SSD
architecture and controller. The drive accelerates data for PC
applications to enable users to quickly, access, engage and capture
today's high-resolution video, audio and gaming content.

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Western Digital ups the game with powerful new gaming SSD with NVMe performance (Graphic: Business W ...

Western Digital ups the game with powerful new gaming SSD with NVMe performance (Graphic: Business Wire)

With growing demand for rich content, PCs must have the capability to
run intensive applications and enable the 4K/Ultra HD graphics and video
content experiences. To move this immense amount of data quickly and
seamlessly, Western Digital developed a new breed of SSDs to help remove
the traditional storage bottleneck. This M.2 drive features a new NVMe
architecture and controller, which optimally integrates with Western
Digital 3D NAND. Western Digital's new vertically integrated SSD
platform was engineered from the ground up, specifically architected to
help maximize performance for NVMe SSDs, with advanced power management,
durability and endurance for the growing range of applications
benefiting from NVMe technology.

"Today's gaming applications require increasing capability from their
PCs, and this will only continue to advance. With our new architecture
and controller, the Western Digital Black SSD integrates our 3D NAND
technology with the NVMe interface to enable new levels of performance.
Whether it's a new gaming rig or a video-editing workstation, our
innovative NVMe drives will power many existing and future environments
that enable data to thrive," said, Mark Grace, senior vice president,
Devices Business Unit, Western Digital.

Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD – Built to Boost Gaming Systems

With exceptional sequential read (up to 3,400 MB/s1 for 1TB
and 500GB model) and write performance (up to 2,800 MB/s1 for
1TB model) combined with up to 1TB capacities, the new drive is ideal
for enhancing user experiences in gaming environments that benefit from
acceleration of intensive fast data. Additionally, the drives feature up
to 500,000 random-read IOPs (for 1TB model) to deliver extreme
throughput, which is ideal for multi-threaded applications and
data-intensive multitasking environments. The drive offers a five-year
limited warranty with up to 600TBW endurance (for 1TB model). The
Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD is available in the U.S. in capacities
of 250GB ($119.99 USD), 500GB ($229.99 USD) and 1TB ($449.99 USD). The
new drives will be available by late April 2018 in select Western
Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers, system integrators and
distributors globally.

Enabling the possibilities of data, Western Digital offers the
industry's broadest portfolio of products and solutions to help people
capture, preserve, access and transform their content. For more
information, visit our website: Western

About Western Digital

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is
driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve,
access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere
data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal
devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of

Western Digital® data-centric solutions are marketed under the
G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™ and WD® brands.

© 2018 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo and WD Black are registered
trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its
affiliates in the US and/or other countries. The NVMe™ word mark is a
trademark of NVM Express, Inc. All other marks are the property of their
respective owners. Pictures shown may vary from actual products. Product
specifications subject to change without notice. As used for storage
capacity, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes and one terabyte (TB) =
one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on
operating environment.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including
the expected availability, benefits, features, pricing and performance
of the Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD. There are a number of risks
and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be
inaccurate including, among others: changes to specifications from
standards organizations, volatility in global economic conditions;
business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of
competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of
commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by
competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our
development and introduction of products based on new technologies and
expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with
acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in
manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"),
including our most recently filed periodic report to which your
attention is directed. We do not intend to update the information
contained in this release.

1 One megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per
second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software
components and configurations.

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