Real World Speed
Performance profile from 17,550 user samples
3,938 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 79% 962GB free
Poor: 79% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 9th / 984
13,612 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 384GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
97.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+10%
88.4 % -10%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
179 MB/s Faster read speed.
+16%
154 MB/s -16%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
161 MB/s +5% 154 MB/s -5%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s -13% 0.77 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+13%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.54 MB/s -77% 2.72 MB/s Much faster random write.
+77%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
157 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
145 MB/s -8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.21 MB/s -57% 0.33 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+57%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
191 MB/s -6%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
188 MB/s -7% 201 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s -26% 1.02 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+26%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.85 MB/s -76% 3.25 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+76%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
180 MB/s -4% 187 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -104% 0.51 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+104%
Market Share
Based on 4,970,617 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.37 % -68% 0.62 % Much higher market share.
+68%
Value
Value For Money
101 % Hugely better value.
+115%
47 % -115%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
81 % More popular.
+23%
66 % -23%
Price
Price (score)
$83 Cheaper.
+23%
$108 -23%
Age
Newest
11 Months Much more recent.
+76%
46 Months -76%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 2TB
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This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 2017 HDD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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Intel Core i7-7700K $300Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $99
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $280AMD RX 480 $390Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $95
Intel Core i5-7600K $212Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $285Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $718SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $83Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $140SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $55HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $140SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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