Western Digital just recently expanded their PC Gaming lineup and I don’t mean their introduction of the Call of Duty branded parts. They introduced PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD with the new SN850, an NVMe SSD Game Dock with the D50, and an NVMe SSD add-in card with the AN1500. The AN1500 is an interesting product and a little different than you might normally see from WD as it is actually a RAID add-in card. So unlike the new SN850, the AN1500 stays on the older PCIe 3.0 interface which older Ryzen chipsets and all of Intel’s current lineup have. Offering performance beyond their PCIe 3.0 flagship SN750 without being limited to just the newer Ryzen chipsets like the new SN850. Well, today I’m going to take a look at the AN1500 and see how it performs, check out the PCIe Cards RGB lighting, and see where it fits in the market.

Product Name: WD_Black AN1500 1TB

Review Sample Provided by: Western Digital

Written by: Wes Compton

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Form Factor

PCIe Card


1TB, 2TB, and 4TB


PCIe® Gen3 x8

Dimensions (L x W x H)

6.93" x 2.83" x 0.51"

Non- Operating Temperature

-20°C to 65°C

Operating Temperature

5°C to 35°C

Power Consumption - Read


Power Consumption – Write


Power Consumption - Idle


System Compatibility

Backward compatible with PCIe Gen3 x2, PCIe Gen3 x1, PCIe Gen2 x4, PCIe Gen2 x2, and PCIe Gen2 x1

Windows® 8.1, 10


5 Years


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