External SSDs have gotten fast enough that they have been pushing the limit of USB 3.2 Gen 2 for a while now. Thankfully USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 is a possibility and I was excited to check Gen 2x2 out months ago when Western Digital sent over the P50. Sadly I ran into a major issue, I didn’t have a board that supported it and at the time the only boards that did were the new Threadripper boards which I didn’t have a CPU for. I thought I found an X299 solution but after it came in we found out it didn’t and the specifications for that board were corrected (oops lol). Well one of the side benefits of the recent Intel launch is the possibility of new USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 capable boards and two out of the three motherboards that have come in actually had it. So while in the middle of our Z490 testing I wanted to slip in a look at the WD_Black P50 that I have been so excited to test out. So today I’m going to take a look at what it is all about and put it to the test. Let’s check it out!

Product Name: WD_Black P50 1TB

Review Sample Provided by: Western Digital

Written by: Wes Compton

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500 GB, 1TB, 2TB


USB 3.2 Gen 2x2




Windows® 8.1, 10

macOS 10.11+

PlayStation™ 4 Pro or PS4 with system software version 4.50 or higher

Xbox One

Dimensions (L X W X H)

4.65" x 2.44" x 0.55"

In The Box

WD_BLACK™ P50 Game Drive SSD

USB Type-C to Type-C cable

USB Type-C to Type-A cable

Quick Install Guide



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