Average Bench: 77.1% (82nd of 979)

more Based on 246 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD3001FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD30 01FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD30 01FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD3001FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD3001FAEX-0, WDC WD3001FAEX-32MJRA0

Good average bench

The WD Black 3TB (2012) averaged 22.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 3TB (2012) near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.46MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 3TB (2012) is 33.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Black 3TB (2012) performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.68MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 130MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 246 samples)
Min Avg Max
105 Read 138 172
96.9 Write 130 156
91.1 Mixed 125 148
98.5% 131 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.42 4K Read 0.68 0.92
2.19 4K Write 2.89 3.42
0.3 4K Mixed 0.46 0.63
133% 1.34 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
632GB free
Firmware: 1L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 169
Write 157
Mixed 117
110% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 2.77
4K Mixed 0.34
108% 1.19 MB/s
632GB free
Firmware: 1L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 165
Write 157
Mixed 115
109% 146 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 2.98
4K Mixed 0.32
109% 1.24 MB/s
802GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 157
Write 143
Mixed 147
112% 149 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 3.39
4K Mixed 0.39
124% 1.4 MB/s
805GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 138
Write 147
Mixed 126
103% 137 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 3.15
4K Mixed 0.44
132% 1.4 MB/s
13GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 116
Write 103
Mixed 116
84% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.59
4K Write 2.51
4K Mixed 0.45
121% 1.18 MB/s
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