Seagate
WDWD1003FZEX
  

Release date ≈ Q1 2016.

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Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 125,530 user samples
1,596 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 15% 497GB free
Poor: 15% Great: 67%
SPEED RANK: 415th / 1015
123,934 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 170GB free (System drive)
Poor: 49% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 70th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
44.8 % 81.7 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+82%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
70.9 MB/s 152 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+114%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
80.9 MB/s 137 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+69%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.98 MB/s 1.21 MB/s Faster random read.
+23%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
3.6 MB/s Much faster random write.
+47%
2.45 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
59 MB/s 87 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+47%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.56 MB/s 1.09 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+95%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
84.4 MB/s 133 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+58%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
106 MB/s 202 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
+91%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
125 MB/s 177 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+42%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
2.1 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+40%
1.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
4.8 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+66%
2.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
82.9 MB/s 112 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+35%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+50%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
130 MB/s 180 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+38%
Market Share
Based on 21,113,769 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % 0.89 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
50 % 76 % Much more popular.
+52%
Age
Newest
43+ Months Much more recent.
+41%
73 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 1TB
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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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