WDWD1003FZEX
SeagateST500DM009

Release date: Q4 2013.

Release date: Q3 2016.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 100,923 user samples
97,746 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 913GB free
Worst Bench: 54% 761GB free (System drive)
Poor: 54% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 68th / 1015
3,177 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 466GB free
Worst Bench: 31% 413GB free (System drive)
Poor: 31% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 63rd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.6 % 83.7 % +1%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
153 MB/s 154 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+11%
126 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.22 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+91%
0.64 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.46 MB/s Much faster random write.
+71%
1.44 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.7 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+33%
65.4 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.09 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+51%
0.72 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
135 MB/s 138 MB/s +2%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s 205 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
175 MB/s 194 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+88%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+50%
2 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
112 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+36%
82.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
178 MB/s 201 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+13%
Market Share
Based on 17,806,111 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.93 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,229%
0.07 %
Value
Value For Money
36.5 % 48 % Much better value.
+32%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
75 % More popular.
+29%
58 %
Price
Price (score)
$65 $25 Much cheaper.
+62%
Age
Newest
68 Months 35 Months Much more recent.
+49%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 500GB
ADVERTISEMENT

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]

MORE DETAILS

Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 2019 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

ADVERTISEMENT

Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
How Fast Is Your HDD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i7-8700K $350Nvidia GTX 1070 $335Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $101
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 $144Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $100
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X $274Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $97
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $78SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $75G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $646SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $75SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
Today's hottest deals
User Guide  •  About  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer Feedback