Average Bench: 70% (136th of 1002)

more Based on 13,174 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD2002FAEX-007BA0, WDC WD2002FAEX-007BAO, WD2002FA EX-O1U1B1, WDC WD2002FAEX-0, WDC WD20 02FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD20 02FAEX-007BA, WDC WD2002FAEX-00MJRA0, WD2002FA EX-01U1B1, WD2002FAEX-O1U1B1, WDC WD2002FAEX-007B, WD2002FAEX-01U1B1, WD2002FA EX-007BA0, WD2002FAEX-01U1B, WD2002FAEX-007BA0, WDC WD20 02FAEX-00MJRA0, WD2002FAEX-01U1B1A, WD2002FAEX-007B, WDC WD2002FAEX-007BA, WDC WD20 02FAEX-007BA0, WDC WD2002FAEX-00MJR

The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013).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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Above average average bench

The WD Black 2TB (2010) averaged 30.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.42MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.29MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2010) is 37.4%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 2TB (2010) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 113MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 107MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,174 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.9 Read 130 167
77.3 Write 113 141
51.8 Mixed 107 137
87.6% 117 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.42 4K Read 0.82 1.21
1.09 4K Write 2.29 2.9
0.26 4K Mixed 0.42 0.55
123% 1.17 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 177
Write 141
Mixed 137
114% 152 MB/s
4K Read 1.18
4K Write 2.68
4K Mixed 0.54
158% 1.47 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 150
Write 145
Mixed 134
107% 143 MB/s
4K Read 1.23
4K Write 2.46
4K Mixed 0.48
150% 1.39 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 143
Write 130
Mixed 124
99% 132 MB/s
4K Read 1.19
4K Write 2.31
4K Mixed 0.45
142% 1.32 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 153
Write 109
Mixed 107
92% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.83
4K Write 2.44
4K Mixed 0.32
115% 1.19 MB/s
821GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 133
Write 115
Mixed 110
90% 119 MB/s
4K Read 1.19
4K Write 2.48
4K Mixed 0.47
148% 1.38 MB/s
752GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 117
Write 105
Mixed 28.9
61% 83.8 MB/s
4K Read 1.14
4K Write 2.71
4K Mixed 0.35
137% 1.4 MB/s
722GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 113
Write 109
Mixed 115
85% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.49
4K Write 2.24
4K Mixed 0.35
100% 1.02 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 103
Write 108
Mixed 7.46
52% 72.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 1.26
4K Mixed 0.08
50% 0.59 MB/s
431GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 104
Write 96.5
Mixed 103
76% 101 MB/s
4K Read 1.03
4K Write 2.31
4K Mixed 0.54
146% 1.29 MB/s
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Approx. $188 @ launch in Dec '10
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Workstation 68%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 78% - Very good Total price: $1,829

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Maximum performance for power computing....

Specs

  • Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Rotational Speed 7,200 RPM (nominal)
  • Capacity 2 TB
  • Read/Write 10.70 Watts
  • Idle 8.20 Watts
  • Standby 1.30 Watts
  • Sleep 1.30 Watts
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Poor

2 years ago.

1 of 2 HDDs died in 2 years, working on a small office file server.


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