Installation & Testing Procedures
To get things started you’ll need to install the WD Black SN750 in an open M.2 slot on your motherboard. Since this drive with the heatsink installed is a little larger you are going to want to make it will actually fit. We tried on a few different boards but ran into issues where the heatsink was just a little too wide.
We finally ended up getting the drive installed in the middle M.2 slot on our board.
For those wondering if the height of the heatsink would be an issue it is not, you can see that the drive is nice and snug under our graphics card.
For testing the drive we will be using the following benchmarking programs, we have provided links to each so you can run the benchmarks on your drive for comparison.
Sisoftware Sandra Physical Disks Benchmark (download)
ATTO Disk Benchmark (download)
CrystalDiskMark 64bit (download)
AS SSD Benchmark (download)
Anvil Storage Utility Professional (download)
PCMark 8 – Storage Benchmark (download)
AIDA64 Storage Benchmark (download)
We also made these optimization changes…
– No power saving options in the BIOS
– ACHI enabled in the BIOS
– Windows 10 User Account Control (UAC) is disabled
– Windows 10 power saving settings are disabled
So let’s get into testing!