Average Bench: 82.1% (78th of 1010)

more Based on 65,916 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00RLFA0, WD1003FZEX-00Z4SB1, 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 17.9% 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 Mixed IO Speed 1.08MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.21MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 55.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 1TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 87MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 134MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 65,916 samples)
Min Avg Max
90.4 Read 151 198
78.9 Write 139 177
50.5 Mixed 87 111
71.6 SusWrite 134 177
94% 128 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 1.21 1.5
0.9 4K Write 2.45 2.9
0.6 4K Mixed 1.08 1.2
216% 1.58 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
715GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 170 172 171 173 175 175 MB/s
Read 192
Write 158
Mixed 88.8
SusWrite 173
112% 153 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
232% 1.77 MB/s
173GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 156 157 157 158 155 MB/s
Read 178
Write 140
Mixed 87.5
SusWrite 156
103% 140 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.2
239% 1.77 MB/s
16GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 157 147 118 118 107 99 MB/s
Read 154
Write 144
Mixed 91
SusWrite 124
94% 128 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.2
238% 1.7 MB/s
203GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 83 104 107 110 99 MB/s
Read 105
Write 103
Mixed 78
SusWrite 99.2
71% 96.4 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1.1
213% 1.5 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
EbayUS $653 hrs
NeweggUS $7716 hrs
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Desktop 80%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $978

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 Comments

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

Added 4 years ago.

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5 days ago.

It's lasted forever, but it's retiring time for this harddrive.

Comment 

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

Comment 

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


Excellent

4 years ago.


Terrible

3 months ago.

Seek times are garbage compared to the WD1002FAEX model from 2010.


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