Average Bench: 86.6% (41st of 984)

more Based on 46,890 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00K3C, WDC WD1003FZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-22RKKA0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00RLF, WDC WD1003FZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLF, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00K3C, WD1003FZEX-00MK

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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Very good average bench

The WD Black 1TB (2013) averaged just 13.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 1TB (2013) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.23MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.91MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 45.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 1TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.28MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 144MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 46,890 samples)
Min Avg Max
110 Read 157 199
100 Write 144 179
93.2 Mixed 135 167
109% 146 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.39 4K Read 0.91 1.32
1.02 4K Write 2.23 2.75
0.18 4K Mixed 0.28 0.37
111% 1.14 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
809GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 180
Write 174
Mixed 159
129% 171 MB/s
4K Read 1.22
4K Write 2.75
4K Mixed 0.37
143% 1.45 MB/s
638GB free
Firmware: 01.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 183
Write 156
Mixed 168
127% 169 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2.31
4K Mixed 0.27
108% 1.14 MB/s
818GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 161
Write 168
Mixed 120
112% 150 MB/s
4K Read 0.58
4K Write 1.98
4K Mixed 0.29
93% 0.95 MB/s
818GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 148
Write 170
Mixed 120
109% 146 MB/s
4K Read 0.57
4K Write 1.97
4K Mixed 0.27
90% 0.93 MB/s
286GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 168
Write 144
Mixed 80.7
97% 131 MB/s
4K Read 0.59
4K Write 2.32
4K Mixed 0.32
104% 1.08 MB/s
931GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 141
Write 160
Mixed 160
116% 153 MB/s
4K Read 1.22
4K Write 2.41
4K Mixed 0.37
136% 1.33 MB/s
326GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 143
Write 117
Mixed 107
92% 122 MB/s
4K Read 1.12
4K Write 2.63
4K Mixed 0.35
135% 1.37 MB/s
469GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 130
Write 116
Mixed 84
82% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.75
4K Write 2.32
4K Mixed 0.22
99% 1.1 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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Gaming 63%
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Desktop
Desktop 80%
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Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $984

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 Comments

For the Gamer … Smarter than the average drive...

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I initially had some issues with it, but the WD Data LifeGuard utilities smoothed that out. It took a couple hours, but it's a solid drive!—Nov '14

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Excellent Drive, Not a bad choice when you're on a budget or want to save money, When playing Diablo 3, When switching GR levels I have loaded faster then people using SSD driver or at same time. If you Heard of taeguk gem, On diablo 3, I don't lose stacks when changing levels. dam i only scored 106% . oh well 2nd place better then last :-p—Nov '15


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Very good, and very silent


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