Average Bench: 91.7% (24th of 1002)

more Based on 28,725 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 8.3% 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 2.77MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 151MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 48.2%. 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 158MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 28,725 samples)
Min Avg Max
110 Read 158 192
108 Write 161 203
98 Mixed 151 190
118% 157 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.42 4K Read 0.78 1.03
1.74 4K Write 2.77 3.23
0.19 4K Mixed 0.35 0.54
122% 1.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 178
Write 194
Mixed 188
141% 187 MB/s
4K Read 0.91
4K Write 2.98
4K Mixed 0.46
144% 1.45 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 171
Write 195
Mixed 175
136% 180 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 0.42
133% 1.35 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 168
Write 173
Mixed 165
127% 169 MB/s
4K Read 0.86
4K Write 3.36
4K Mixed 0.28
129% 1.5 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 170
Write 163
Mixed 143
119% 159 MB/s
4K Read 0.85
4K Write 2.54
4K Mixed 0.26
111% 1.22 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 159
Write 170
Mixed 147
119% 159 MB/s
4K Read 0.91
4K Write 2.03
4K Mixed 0.25
103% 1.06 MB/s
661GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 177
Write 139
Mixed 107
105% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.78
4K Write 2.53
4K Mixed 0.2
102% 1.17 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 137
Write 136
Mixed 136
103% 136 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.23
4K Mixed 0.28
128% 1.47 MB/s
523GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 144
Write 106
Mixed 113
91% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.53
4K Write 2.71
4K Mixed 0.27
102% 1.17 MB/s
348GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 110
Write 122
Mixed 113
86% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.53
4K Write 2.84
4K Mixed 0.24
101% 1.2 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,727,707 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
AmazonUS $1157 mins
NeweggUS $1156 hrs
OutletPCUS $1202 days
EbayUS $12525 mins
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 12,553 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 106%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $182

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Outstanding Total price: $1,307

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

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7 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

18 months ago.

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


Good

16 months ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

15 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

17 months ago.

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


Very good

4 years ago.


Excellent

1 day ago.

great performance, reliable


Above average

2 years ago.

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


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