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WD Black P10 Gaming Drive review

Having additional capability for video games and media is all the time helpful, and the WD Black P10 Sport Drive offers precisely that in a trendy package deal

Western Digital has been making exterior drives below the My Passport title seemingly endlessly, however just a few years in the past made its first gamer centered gadgets for console house owners. Its new WD Black P10 Sport Drive is an agnostic resolution aimed equally at Xbox, Ps and PC players, that goals to supply them with loads of additional capability to complement what’s already of their techniques.

With as much as 5TB of capability, has the P10 obtained sufficient house to warrant a tactical funding?


The WD Black P10 begins at £89.99 for the 2TB mannequin within the UK, and the bigger 4TB and 5TB choices are £129.99 and £134.99 respectively, straight from Western Digital. You can too purchase it from Amazon or Argos at cheaper costs.

American prospects expertise extra aggressive pricing with the 2TB drive being solely $79.99, and the larger drives being $119.99 for the 4TB and $129.99 for the 5TB choice. You should buy one direct in addition to Amazon.

No matter area you’re, these costs simply makes the 5TB mannequin the perfect worth per TB, and the 2TB the worst.

If you happen to particularly are in search of exterior storage for the Microsoft Xbox One, try to be conscious that Western Digital additionally makes a WD Black P10 Sport Drive for Xbox One which is available in 1TB, 3TB and 5TB capacities.

The pricing of the 5TB model is similar as the final P10, however every of this sequence comes with a 2-month Xbox Sport Cross Final membership included.

Try our chart of the perfect moveable arduous drives and SSDs.

Design & Construct

The inspiration for the WD Black P10 are these strong containers that the navy makes use of to ship gear, or it may be transport containers.

The outside of the enclosure has ridges on it, a characteristic designed to make metallic constructions stronger, but it surely’s principally plastic and the one exterior metallic half is the highest. Some exterior drives, just like the Samsung T7 Contact, use a completely metallic pores and skin, however the development finances didn’t stretch to that type of extravagance right here.

At every nook is a T8 safety bolt that seems to carry the highest on, though we eliminated these and it didn’t come free. Finally, after some delicate prising, we concluded that additional investigation of the internals would contain injury, and so we restrained our curiosity.

WD Black P10 hard drive

The remainder of the design may be finest described as an exterior arduous drive by the numbers. Included with the P10 is a 40cm lengthy cable with USB-A connector on one finish and a USB 3.Zero Micro B blade on the opposite. Western Digital didn’t use USB-C, however as this isn’t an exterior SSD the way it connects is essentially irrelevant as a result of it doesn’t use all of the bandwidth of USB 3.0.

The one different notable characteristic is a small white LED that illuminates to indicate the drive is powered and lively.

One odd side of this design is that nowhere obvous on the drive does it point out the capability of the unit. Subsequently, ought to you’ve two of those of differing capability, you’ll have to mark them your self. Or, memorise the totally different half numbers, and skim the microscopically small label textual content on the underside.

There isn’t far more to say in regards to the exterior of the Black P10. It’s a USB drive that may work with a console, PC or Mac, as most individuals would anticipate so lets check out the efficiency.

Specs & Efficiency

The overview {hardware} we requested to see was the 4TB mannequin, however the variations in efficiency between this and its counterparts are principally the capability. The 2TB model is marginally thinner, however the two bigger drives are bodily equivalent.

Every drive comes preformatted within the exFAT construction, permitting it to be plugged into an Xbox One, PS4, PC or Apple Mac and used directly. It’s potential to format it to no matter format is handy on a pc, comparable to NTFS. And, though WD don’t explicitly say as a lot, we’re assured it may very well be used with a Linux format if wanted.

As a result of it isn’t meant for a particular perform, the drive doesn’t include any software program.

WD Black P10 Xbox

Western Digital promotional materials mentions the power to retailer as much as 125 video games on console and PC for the 5TB mannequin and based mostly on that prediction the 4TB ought to maintain 100.

However these numbers don’t replicate the very wide selection of dimension that video games might be, and subsequently shouldn’t be assumed to be assured for any mixture of titles. In our opinion, the 4TB or 5TB drive ought to maintain extra video games than most individuals play frequently, even when somebody exists who would possibly contest that assertion.

In testing the Black P10 delivered a greater than anticipated 130MB/s learn and 127MB/s write speeds, which compares favourably with a typical learn and write efficiency of a WD My Passport at round 110MB/s.

These outcomes aren’t as quick as a naked WD Black 2.5in 4TB drive related by SATA, however the discount with USB launched to the info pathway shouldn’t be surprising. An exterior SDD may very well be at the very least 3 times faster, however it might additionally value at the very least 4 instances as a lot.

WD Black P10 speed

The main competitor for this system is the Seagate 4TB Sport Drive that for those who select the Xbox mannequin comes with a 2-month Xbox Sport Cross (a single month on the 2TB drive). There may be additionally a PS4 mannequin, each are barely cheaper than the P10 4TB, and they’re barely faster with 140MB/s learn velocity.

Nevertheless, they solely include a two-year guarantee, not the three that the P10 affords.


The styling of the WD Black P10 is attention-grabbing, but it surely doesn’t impression a lot on the essential performance inside.

And, for those who strip away that transport container look it is a fast 2.5in arduous drive in a USB 3.Zero enclosure, or USB 3.2 Gen 1, as this interface is now rebranded.

The drive inside is a extra speedy mannequin than those utilized in different WD My Passport merchandise, however we’re solely speaking just a little sooner and never something approaching SSD stage speeds. The price of a 4TB exterior SSD could be a lot higher, making the P10 compromise between worth and efficiency.

Extra of a problem for the P10 is the opposite Western Digital exterior drives and the Seagate gaming drives. The present My Passport sequence which might be providing the identical capability for a lot much less cash, as is Seagate – below £100/US$100.

The place this unit stands out is that it affords a 5TB choice, larger than the common My Passport capacities – and that is the place the P10 affords the perfect worth.

Total, the WD Black P10 is an exterior drive that appears prefer it was constructed for gaming, somewhat than general-usage storage. And, if capability and look are necessary, then the WD Black P10 Sport Drive is definitely match for objective.


WD Black P10 Sport Drive: Specs

  • Capability: 2TB, 4TB and 5TB
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1 (backward suitable with USB 2.0)
  • Texture: Plastic
  • Working Temperature: 5–35°C
  • System necessities: Home windows 8.1 / 10, Mac OS X 10.11 or later, Xbox One, Ps Four Professional or PS4 with software program model 4.50
  • Equipment: USB-A to Micro B cable, Fast begin information
  • Dimensions: ( L x W x H ): 118 x 88 x 20.8mm
  • Weight: 230g
  • Color: Black
  • Guarantee: Three years

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