Average Bench: 87.3% (40th of 979)

more Based on 23,226 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00K3C, WDC WD1003FZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-22RKKA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2A0, 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 12.7% 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 2.29MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.91MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 43.1%. 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 146MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,226 samples)
Min Avg Max
108 Read 159 199
105 Write 146 178
96.1 Mixed 136 165
110% 147 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.38 4K Read 0.91 1.32
1.26 4K Write 2.29 2.82
0.16 4K Mixed 0.28 0.37
112% 1.16 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
648GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 166
Write 175
Mixed 158
125% 166 MB/s
4K Read 0.75
4K Write 2.64
4K Mixed 0.27
110% 1.22 MB/s
931GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 169
Write 170
Mixed 162
126% 167 MB/s
4K Read 1.23
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.34
138% 1.39 MB/s
500GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 167
Write 141
Mixed 129
109% 145 MB/s
4K Read 0.57
4K Write 2.17
4K Mixed 0.23
90% 0.99 MB/s
507GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 171
Write 131
Mixed 150
113% 150 MB/s
4K Read 0.76
4K Write 2.31
4K Mixed 0.25
102% 1.11 MB/s
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

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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

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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


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