Average Bench: 91.4% (25th of 1002)

more Based on 26,534 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD2003FZEX-00E7NA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-32Z4SA0, WD2003FZ EX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4S, WDC WD2003FZEX-0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4S, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRLA0

This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Excellent average bench

The WD Black 2TB (2013) averaged just 8.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 2TB (2013) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.76MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 151MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 47%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 2TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.78MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 157MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 26,534 samples)
Min Avg Max
114 Read 157 191
111 Write 161 203
100 Mixed 151 191
118% 156 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.46 4K Read 0.78 1.03
1.79 4K Write 2.76 3.24
0.2 4K Mixed 0.35 0.53
123% 1.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 173
Write 177
Mixed 171
131% 174 MB/s
4K Read 1.03
4K Write 2.79
4K Mixed 0.47
147% 1.43 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 179
Write 168
Mixed 155
126% 167 MB/s
4K Read 0.79
4K Write 3.04
4K Mixed 0.36
129% 1.39 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 161
Write 167
Mixed 163
123% 164 MB/s
4K Read 0.78
4K Write 2.22
4K Mixed 0.41
119% 1.14 MB/s
151GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 137
Write 164
Mixed 128
107% 143 MB/s
4K Read 0.79
4K Write 2.72
4K Mixed 0.25
111% 1.25 MB/s
384GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 110
Write 181
Mixed 158
113% 150 MB/s
4K Read 0.68
4K Write 2.56
4K Mixed 0.41
121% 1.21 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,247,063 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
EbayUS $1095 mins
AmazonUS $11020 mins
NeweggUS $1105 hrs
OutletPCUS $12214 hrs
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 68%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 88% - Excellent Total price: $1,294

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

Added 4 years ago.

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6 months ago.

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Wonderful drive, quite stable, and while it may not be the fastest, it is hard to argue with a 5 year warranty. (which for the most part is not mentioned on the comparisons.)—Sep '14


Good

17 months ago.

Mesmo sendo o primeiro dia de uso estou gostando do HD, mais rápido que os outros HD que tenho.


Good

15 months ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

14 months ago.

2 of those running in a NAS 24/7 for two years. No problems whatsoever. I wouldn't put it in a desktop, however, these things are noisy by today's standards.


Good

16 months ago.

Good Performing Drive, but it's loud and puts out a lot of heat


Very good

4 years ago.


Above average

2 years ago.

2 years old @ 73% full it has slowed down considerably. A noisy drive.


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