Average Bench: 86% (52nd of 1010)

more Based on 34,421 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, WD2003FZEX-00SR, 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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Very good average bench

The WD Black 2TB (2013) averaged just 13.9% 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 Mixed IO Speed 0.98MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.97MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 52.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 2TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 84.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 147MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 34,421 samples)
Min Avg Max
95.1 Read 152 193
93.8 Write 155 202
48.3 Mixed 84.5 104
88.6 SusWrite 147 195
98.8% 135 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.91 1.1
1.9 4K Write 2.97 3.4
0.65 4K Mixed 0.98 1.1
202% 1.62 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
SusWrite @10s intervals: 181 178 179 179 180 180 MB/s
Read 179
Write 181
Mixed 93.2
SusWrite 179
116% 158 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
214% 1.77 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 164 163 164 165 166 166 MB/s
Read 180
Write 188
Mixed 89.3
SusWrite 165
114% 155 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.1
225% 1.8 MB/s
708GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 152 152 150 151 152 MB/s
Read 167
Write 174
Mixed 85.5
SusWrite 152
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.1
229% 1.83 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 147 150 146 148 148 149 MB/s
Read 157
Write 142
Mixed 99.5
SusWrite 148
101% 137 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.4
4K Mixed 0.9
200% 1.73 MB/s
470GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 113 114 113 113 112 MB/s
Read 112
Write 106
Mixed 73.7
SusWrite 112
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1
202% 1.63 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
OutletPCUS $11320 hrs
EbayUS $11810 hrs
AmazonUS $12010 hrs
NeweggUS $12012 hrs
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 14,079 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 106%
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Desktop
Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $169

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $1,204

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

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10 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

21 months ago.

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


Good

19 months ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

18 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

20 months ago.

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


Very good

4 years ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

great performance, reliable


Above average

2 years ago.

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


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