Average Bench: 86.9% (45th of 1002)

more Based on 56,308 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 13.0% 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 Write Speed 2.23MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 136MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 38.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 1TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.28MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 145MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 56,308 samples)
Min Avg Max
115 Read 158 196
107 Write 145 180
97.2 Mixed 136 165
110% 146 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.39 4K Read 0.9 1.33
0.91 4K Write 2.23 2.79
0.18 4K Mixed 0.28 0.37
110% 1.14 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
746GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 191
Write 160
Mixed 147
124% 166 MB/s
4K Read 0.47
4K Write 0.82
4K Mixed 0.16
52% 0.48 MB/s
849GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 151
Write 167
Mixed 152
118% 157 MB/s
4K Read 0.69
4K Write 2.33
4K Mixed 0.33
109% 1.12 MB/s
251GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 133
Write 118
Mixed 116
92% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.75
4K Write 2.27
4K Mixed 0.28
104% 1.1 MB/s
68GB free
Firmware: 01.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 118
Write 115
Mixed 89.1
80% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.62
4K Write 2.27
4K Mixed 0.3
101% 1.06 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
EbayUS $703 mins
NeweggUS $725 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: 75% - Very good Total price: $977

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 Comments

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

Added 4 years ago.

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7 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

1 month ago.

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


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