Published on March 14th, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning

Western Digital raises the bar with new client SSD for OEMs featuring next-gen QLC performance

The digital world continues to expand and demands that data storage, the lynchpin of future technologies, continues to evolve. To address this burgeoning demand for higher performance, greater reliability and more capacity, while maintaining affordability, the new Western Digital® PC SN5000S NVMeTM SSD delivers next generation QLC (quad-level cell) performance to provide PC OEMs with a PCIe® Gen4x4 solution that’s ready to take on demanding workloads with ease.

According to IDC*, QLC NAND is expected to power over 50% of client SSDs by 2026. The need for a robust solution from a premium, trusted brand has become essential, and QLC NAND is one of the latest technologies to bring higher capacity and affordable SSDs to market.  By leveraging Western Digital’s unique vertical integration, the new Western Digital PC SN5000S NVMe SSD challenges what was previously possible. In fact, it raises the bar for QLC technology by delivering high performance and strong endurance and uncompromising reliability.

The Western Digital PC SN5000S NVMe SSD is a cost-effective, DRAM-less QLC PCIe Gen4 SSD for notebook and desktop systems that offers PC OEMs:

  • 17% and 16% increase in sequential read and write speeds, respectively, .**
  • 15% and 13% improvements on random read and write speeds, respectively, over the previous generation.**
  • Faster I/O speeds and reduced read/write latencies, compared to the previous generation TLC, to enhance the user experience during intensive operations such as loading, copying and booting.
  • Western Digital’s in-house controller and firmware for a fully optimised solution allowing faster time to market and quality control.
  • Improved device power efficiency during active usage by up to 20% over the previous generation** thanks to enhanced power management for a highly mobile optimised solution.
  • Dedicated boot partition, with options for TCG OPAL 2.02 and ATA security with RSA-3K and SHA-384 for additional protection.

About the Author


Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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