Average Bench: 90.3% (31st of 1002)

more Based on 24,912 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD2003FZEX-00E7NA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-32Z4SA0, WD2003FZ EX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4S, WDC WD2003FZEX-0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4S, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRLA0

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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Excellent average bench

The WD Black 2TB (2013) averaged just 9.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 2TB (2013) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.75MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 149MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 48.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 2TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.78MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 156MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,912 samples)
Min Avg Max
111 Read 156 191
105 Write 159 206
97 Mixed 149 191
116% 154 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.43 4K Read 0.78 1.04
1.53 4K Write 2.75 3.24
0.2 4K Mixed 0.35 0.53
123% 1.29 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 179
Write 208
Mixed 190
145% 192 MB/s
4K Read 1.02
4K Write 2.89
4K Mixed 0.49
150% 1.47 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 173
Write 171
Mixed 166
128% 170 MB/s
4K Read 0.83
4K Write 2.33
4K Mixed 0.26
107% 1.14 MB/s
934GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 166
Write 170
Mixed 163
126% 167 MB/s
4K Read 0.69
4K Write 3.06
4K Mixed 0.36
126% 1.37 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 166
Write 154
Mixed 148
117% 156 MB/s
4K Read 0.67
4K Write 2.72
4K Mixed 0.34
116% 1.24 MB/s
945GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 151
Write 165
Mixed 165
121% 160 MB/s
4K Read 0.79
4K Write 2.59
4K Mixed 0.35
120% 1.24 MB/s
440GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 149
Write 120
Mixed 120
98% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 3.13
4K Mixed 0.23
105% 1.29 MB/s
642GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 139
Write 125
Mixed 127
98% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.56
4K Write 2.57
4K Mixed 0.27
100% 1.13 MB/s
487GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 129
Write 130
Mixed 129
97% 129 MB/s
4K Read 0.71
4K Write 2.79
4K Mixed 0.23
106% 1.24 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,794,611 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
AmazonUS $11017 mins
NeweggUS $1101 hr
OutletPCUS $11721 hrs
EbayUS $12330 mins
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 11,421 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 106%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $165

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 88% - Excellent Total price: $1,347

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

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5 months ago.

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Wonderful drive, quite stable, and while it may not be the fastest, it is hard to argue with a 5 year warranty. (which for the most part is not mentioned on the comparisons.)—Sep '14


Good

16 months ago.

Mesmo sendo o primeiro dia de uso estou gostando do HD, mais rápido que os outros HD que tenho.


Good

14 months ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

13 months ago.

2 of those running in a NAS 24/7 for two years. No problems whatsoever. I wouldn't put it in a desktop, however, these things are noisy by today's standards.


Good

15 months ago.

Good Performing Drive, but it's loud and puts out a lot of heat


Very good

4 years ago.


Above average

2 years ago.

2 years old @ 73% full it has slowed down considerably. A noisy drive.


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