WD Ebony D50 Game Dock. Why should gamers have most of the enjoyable? (review)

The WD Ebony D50 Game Dock is a Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) dock with an M.2 PCIe NVME SSD slot and a variety of expansion ports including 87W upstream energy for a laptop.

Well, maybe that description that is techy not do it justice. Let’s look at the use that is non-game for the WD Ebony D50 Game Dock.

Australian review: WD Ebony D50 Game Dock

Fast outside storage space

The WD Ebony D50 Dock (1TB as tested) is available in 0, 1 and 2TB devices. Evidently, the 0TB product may not be upgraded to SSD. That is a shame as that choice should be had by you like Seagate FireCuda Gaming Dock (8.8/10).

On upgrades, the WD Black is not meant to be opened. It has four screws on each left and right cover that don’t match the typical Torx screw designed to keep you outme, but we found an unusual screw head in iFixit’s amazing Manta Driver Kit and well, could not resist a look inside.


I know WD is going to kill 1TB SSD is an OEM WD SN730 PCIe NMVMe Gen 3×4-lane. This has a large heatsink that you would need a heatsink on any other SSD so we assume. The 2TB uses the WD SN750 SSD.

Potential buyers can reasonably assume as they become available.

Speed that it is upgradeable to larger capacities – because fast as outside storage space gets

In a world that is perfect the SN730, when used internally reaches 3400/3100MBps. The TB3 connection limits the bandwidth.

It as an external drive achieves 2800/2400MBps read that is sequential write speeds. That is about 75% as fast as any premium PCIe 3.0 4 lane SSD.

It that is internal is 23/20Gbps, and that’s in regards to the limitation of 40Gbps TB3 with display slot, ethernet and USB overheads.

Note that the SSD temp reached 80° during hefty load together with fan did a job that is reasonable of it stable. The temperature that is outside 38° – warm.This can be as good because it gets for outside storage spaceChipset – won’t work from USB-C 3.1/3.2 Gen 2

  • We had hopes that are high this may be an Intel Titan Ridge TB3 chipset that would support both TB3 (and TB4/USB-4) and USB-C 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) like the Dock that is plugable that!
  • But aside from supplying upstream asking to a Surface professional 7 (3.2 Heb 2), it failed to recognise other things. Until proven otherwise assume it is a Gen 1 TB3 just dock.
  • Ports[email protected] –
  • well endowed
  • TB3 with up to 87W upstream towards the PC
  • TB3 downstream with 15W, Alt DP, USB-C and TB3 (limited to 20Gbps)
  • Display Port 1.4 (
  • )

2 X USB-C 3.1 Geb 2 10Gbps 15W ( these share is understood by us both the data and power bandwidth)

2 x USB-A 3.1 10Gbps (ditto) 7.5W – one with sleep charge

3.5mm combo audio

Gigabit Ethernet

  • Power port – 19.5V/9.23A/180W brick charger[email protected]
  • LAN
  • It has a Gigabit LAN port that allows you to Wi-Fi that is disable or regarding the laptop computer. This might be helpful for accessing the router during the stable speeds that are best.[email protected]Dual monitors

Three choices depending on your monitor rate that is refresh connections.

Use the DP 1.4 as well as the downstream TB3 slot (in the event that monitor supports it) – up to

Use the DP 1.4 together with downstream USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port (ditto)

Or you can make use of DP 1.4 and a USB-A 3.0 to 4K HDMI Adapter (


Build – love the shipping container

Wd Black’s shipping container style that is industrial it apart. The unit is quite small at 120m square and 55mm x .56kg that is high – although it will stay upright so your fan can remove heat. effectively[re-sets and support for Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync and ASUS Aura, and Razer Chroma RGB.

WD Black D50
RGB controls


A TB3 connection provides full-duplex 40Gbps (it is actually 4x8Gbps pipes) speeds. Once you dole nearly half that out to the second TB3 downstream port and distribute bandwidth to the SSD, the pipe inevitably becomes congested. That will happen with any dock with external storage.

See also

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6

Here we see the internal SSD bandwidth throttled as other devices need bandwidth. When fully loaded the SSD achieved 1900/1800MBps.

The Gigabit Ethernet port was rock solid on 1000Mbps. But when we added a UBS-C 3.1 connection to a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and transferred 10GB of files it varies between 200-1000Mbps.

The USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 external Orico SSD was rock solid on 1000/1000Mbps, and we were able to max out the DP and a TB3 port with two 60Hz monitors.

We did not repeat the ‘Game Mode’ tests, but I understand it optimises Ethernet and display priorities.

GadgetGuy’s take – gamer’s will love the dark theme and design.

I think the container looks great on any desk.

The USP is the additional fast 3000MBps 1 or 2TB SSD storage. Only one other dock, the Seagate FireCuda can do this.

There are a few caveats to consider for creatives and power users that may not need the external SSD

  • Some later docks use the Intel Titan Ridge chipset that supports TB4, USB-3.2 Gen 2 and USB-4. These also can have two DP out ports or one and a TB3 port.
  • The SSD does throttle under TB3 load – something I have not noticed before as the other docks are generally diskless
  • Is 87W upstream enough for a gaming notebook? It will power a MacBook Pro.

WD Black D50 Game Dock fast facts

  • Website here
  • Price: We can’t find an Australia retailer yet. US-based Newegg.com has the 1/2TB for $765/1040
  • Warranty: 5 years limited (not ACL protected if you buy in the US)
  • Comes with Australian RCM certified power supply and 70cm TB3 cable


Comparing it to the Seagate FireCuda, it matches all specs. The FireCuda has a 4TB HDD and an M2 slot for any SSD. Price-wise they are very close. Compared to the Firecuda I think the WD Black looks better and as long as it is future-upgradable (and I can’t be sure), it gets the tick.

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It has a 5- year warranty that is limiteddepends upon Terabytes written) therefore it’s a keeper.

WD Ebony Dashboard

The Dashboard is a black and overlay that is orange the WD Dashboard. I am not saying its garish, but I am so over dark and themes that are brooding

It provides the status, heat, different performance settings, disk tools, and settings.

RGB control (Windows just) is for the LEDs in the bottom for the situation. This has many*)Value that is p money




Ease of good use



One for the few with outside PCIe 3.0×4 lane SSD expansions(*)SSD must be user upgradeable(*)Small and light and love the container theme(*)Negatives(*)It could have been perfect with Intel Titan Ridge chipset(*)

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