Real World Speed
Performance profile from 43,488 user samples
40,981 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% 307GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 16GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 984
2,507 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 2GB free
Poor: 54% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 56th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.4 % +3% 83.7 % -3%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s +5% 150 MB/s -5%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s +1% 142 MB/s -1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Much faster random read.
+38%
0.65 MB/s -38%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.27 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+94%
1.17 MB/s -94%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+9%
124 MB/s -9%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+53%
0.19 MB/s -53%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s +3% 192 MB/s -3%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s -3% 184 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+40%
0.93 MB/s -40%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.77 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+74%
1.59 MB/s -74%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s -4% 172 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+54%
0.24 MB/s -54%
Market Share
Based on 7,260,298 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1 % Hugely higher market share.
+809%
0.11 % -809%
Value
Value For Money
35.9 % -67% 60 % Much better value.
+67%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % More popular.
+25%
56 % -25%
Price
Price (score)
$69 Slightly cheaper.
+14%
$80 -14%
Age
Newest
51 Months Much more recent.
+30%
73 Months -30%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 2TB
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This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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In terms of specs, price and age the Video SV35.6 appears to be identical to its 2TB Barracuda 7200.14 sibling. We have only seen nine user samples for the SV35.6 so far so we don't have enough data to formulate a strong opinion as yet but based on the samples we have seen, this drive appears to underperform the barracuda. Peak sequential speeds are similar but random 4k speeds lag by around 15%. It's possible that these are just statistical discrepancies that will iron themselves out as we see more samples but in the mean time we would recommend the barracuda 7200.14 over this drive. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2018 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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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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Intel Core i7-7700K $280Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $290Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $275Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $140
Intel Core i5-7600K $210AMD RX 480 $400Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $110
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $205SanDisk Extreme 64GB $50
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $931SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $53Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $220SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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