Real World Speed
Performance profile from 203,292 user samples
182,063 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 46GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 984
21,229 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 64% 1TB free
Poor: 64% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 24th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.9 % 90.7 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s +3% 156 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
149 MB/s 160 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.61 MB/s 0.77 MB/s Faster random read.
+26%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.45 MB/s 2.75 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+90%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
138 MB/s 149 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s 0.35 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+46%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s +4% 189 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
183 MB/s 204 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.94 MB/s 1.03 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+10%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.75 MB/s 3.24 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+85%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
173 MB/s 190 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.38 MB/s 0.52 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+37%
Market Share
Based on 7,726,217 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
3.36 % Hugely higher market share.
+888%
0.34 %
Value
Value For Money
92.7 % Hugely better value.
+105%
45.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % 67 % Slightly more popular.
+14%
Price
Price (score)
$55 Much cheaper.
+52%
$115
Age
Newest
77 Months 52 Months Much more recent.
+32%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 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) February 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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