Real World Speed
Performance profile from 12,875 user samples
640 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 132% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 85% 100GB free
Poor: 85% Great: 132%
SPEED RANK: 1st / 984
12,235 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% 994GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 550GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 85%
SPEED RANK: 123rd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
110 % Much faster effective speed.
+59%
69.2 % -59%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
169 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+31%
129 MB/s -31%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
213 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+90%
112 MB/s -90%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
3.62 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+341%
0.82 MB/s -341%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.63 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+13%
2.32 MB/s -13%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
163 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+55%
105 MB/s -55%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s -45% 0.42 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+45%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
219 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+32%
166 MB/s -32%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
248 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+78%
139 MB/s -78%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7.25 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+499%
1.21 MB/s -499%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.29 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+12%
2.95 MB/s -12%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
205 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+51%
136 MB/s -51%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.4 MB/s -38% 0.55 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+38%
Market Share
Based on 7,222,579 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.07 % -243% 0.24 % Hugely higher market share.
+243%
Value
Value For Money
65.2 % Hugely better value.
+118%
29.9 % -118%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % Much more popular.
+35%
51 % -35%
Price
Price (score)
$290 -54% $133 Much cheaper.
+54%
Age
Newest
31 Months Much more recent.
+64%
85 Months -64%
Capacity
Capacity
6TB 2TB
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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013). Comparing the FAEX and FZEX models shows that the newer FZEX model is around 11% faster on average. The main performance improvements are in the area of sequential writes where the newer FZEX is 30% faster (148 vs 114 MB/s). As a new purchase, the FAEX would have to come at a significant discount to the newer FZEX in order to make it worth considering. The FAEX has a reasonably well-rounded performance profile with above average 4K speeds but it's overpriced and lags the group leaders in terms of value for money. [Nov '12 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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  • - 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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