Average Bench: 77.9% (93rd of 1002)

more Based on 478 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 22.1% 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 2.84MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.47MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 3TB (2012) is 32.9%. 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 131MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 478 samples)
Min Avg Max
105 Read 140 174
99.2 Write 131 157
92.4 Mixed 127 152
99.7% 133 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.42 4K Read 0.68 0.92
2.09 4K Write 2.84 3.4
0.3 4K Mixed 0.47 0.64
133% 1.33 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
208GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 193
Write 161
Mixed 150
126% 168 MB/s
4K Read 0.59
4K Write 2.88
4K Mixed 0.35
117% 1.28 MB/s
714GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 147
Write 142
Mixed 129
105% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.55
4K Write 2.98
4K Mixed 0.37
120% 1.3 MB/s
540GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 112
Write 121
Mixed 88.7
80% 107 MB/s
4K Read 0.43
4K Write 2.81
4K Mixed 0.31
104% 1.18 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,683,088 HDDs tested.


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Desktop 108%
Workstation 95%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $339

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