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Review: WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One (3TB)

Remember when you thought a 128GB hard disk drive was more than enough for your storage requirements? Well, guess what? There’s never going to be “enough” storage space for all the data we produce each day, every minute. That especially is the case with gaming consoles.

With every game developer opting to digitally deliver games through online marketplaces, the demand for external storage devices has been ever increasing. For years, WD Black has had a strong legacy when it came to storage devices specifically designed for gaming purposes. The WD Black P10 Game Drive is no different.

If you are familiar with the colour coding used by Western Digital on its drives, you know that green is economical, blue is for everyday use, red is for storage arrays, and black is for performance.The WD Black P10 comes in two variants – the standard Game Drive, and the Game Drive for Xbox, made specifically for the Xbox One. While the standard Game Drive offers storage capacities of 2TB, 4TB and 5TB, the Game Drive for Xbox One offers storage capacities of 1TB, 3TB and 5TB. We received the 3TB version for test drive a couple of days ago.

Since the drive comes with 3TB of storage, you really do not need to delete old gaming titles in order to install and run newer titles. Inside the box, you get the WD Black P10 Game Drive, along with the warranty information and manual, and a USB Type-A to Micro-B cable. You also get a voucher that offers two months worth of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free.

On paper, the WD Black P10 Game Drive boasts up to 130MB/s read time. Well, it’s not as fast as an SSD, but pretty fast for a conventional USB 3.0 drive. The drive uses a 5,400 rpm spinning mechanical drive and the overall design and build quality is very good.

For gauging the real world performance of the WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One, we ran it through the ATTO Disk Benchmark. The WD Black P10 clocked 127 MB/s in read speeds and and 112 MB/s in write speeds. We also performed random access performance test, which included copying a folder with 3.5GB worth of data inside it.

The 3.5GB data dump test folder included Word documents, Excel sheets, PowerPoint presentations, images, movie files, MP3 files, WAV files, zipped files, text files and so on. It took about 43 seconds to transfer the files from the a MacBook Pro to the WD Black P10 Game Drive. And when transferring the same data from the WD Black P10 to the MacBook Pro, we clocked a little more than 32 seconds for the transfer to complete.

As you can see, performance is not an issue, especially since it is the WD Black breed of storage device. WD also offers 3 years of warranty, when compared with 1 year of warranty by competing storage devices. For a price of $110, the WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One offers good bang for your buck.

Price: $110

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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