Ultimate Gaming PC Components: WD_BLACK 3.5-Inch Gaming Hard Drive

June 2, 2022

Designed for gamers, system builders, and creative professionals, the WD_BLACK desktop performance gaming hard drive is purpose-built to enhance your PC gaming experience. So when it came to our Ultimate Gaming PC Project, the WD_Black 8TB WD8002FZWX was an easy choice for our build.

The Intel 12th-generation Alder Lake CPUs are the best gaming processors you can buy, so it stands to reason that we need the best of everything, from gaming motherboard for gaming that let you play with all that new-gen power. This means a premium set of features and specifications, the fastest PCIExpress ports for maximum GPU performance and some impressive VRMs should you wish to dabble with overclocking. And the all important aspect of hyperfast storage. Which brings us to the WD_Black internal drives, SSD’s and SSD add-in cards with brilliantly high-speed transfers and read rates.

Take the storage centrepiece of our build, the WD_Black WD8002FZWX.  Available with an impressive 256 MB of DRAM cache, the WD_BLACK HDD is performance-optimized so you can spend more time gaming and less time loading.

The WD8002FZWX is equipped with StableTrac Technology. This secures the motor shaft inside of the hard drive to increase reliability and help reduce impact due to system-induced vibrations from other components such as additional gaming hardware. Stabilizing the platters inside the WD_BLACK drive results in more accurate tracking in a particular sector during read and write operations, optimizing performance and reliability.

Western Digital’s Dynamic Cache Technology improves caching algorithms in real time to allocate and optimize cache between reads and writes, reducing load times dramatically.

Compared to standard hard drives, the WD_BLACK Gaming Hard Drives pass more strenuous and aggressive internal testing over a longer period of time which is why the WD_BLACK drive is backed by an industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.

Dual Western Digital 8TB WD WD8002FZWX drives in place, we decided to spice things up further spec-wise with Western Digital SN850 2TB Internal Solid State Drive With Heatsink. Giving supreme PCIe Gen4 technology for the next generation of games and engineered with Western Digital 3D NAND, the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD reaches 7000MB/s read speed and 5300MB/s write speed to get you in quicker, with up to 1,000,000 IOPS for a smooth, responsive and powerful gaming experience.


WD_BLACK 8TB WD8002FZWX Full Specifications


8 TB



Transfer Rate

Up to 238MB/s



Form Factor

3.5 Inch

Disk Speed (RPM)




Mac (requires reformatting)

Recording Technology


Dimensions (L x W x H)

5.79″ x 4″ x 1.03″

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.