WDWD1003FZEX
WDWD2002FAEX

Release date: Q4 2013.

Release date: Q4 2010.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 193,333 user samples
162,815 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 913GB free
Worst Bench: 51% 357GB free
Poor: 51% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 76th / 1015
30,518 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 43% 1.5TB free
Poor: 43% Great: 85%
SPEED RANK: 161st / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
80.9 % Faster effective speed.
+23%
65.9 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
150 MB/s Faster read speed.
+24%
121 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
136 MB/s Faster write speed.
+23%
111 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.21 MB/s Faster random read.
+12%
1.08 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.45 MB/s 2.47 MB/s +1%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.9 MB/s 94.4 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+9%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.09 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+16%
0.94 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
132 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+22%
108 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+26%
157 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
174 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+25%
139 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.5 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+7%
1.4 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s 3.3 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+10%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
114 MB/s 121 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
1.1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
179 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+27%
141 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 29,582,874 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.76 % Hugely higher market share.
+485%
0.13 %
Value
Value For Money
30.4 % 37.7 % Better value.
+24%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
78 % Much more popular.
+47%
53 %
Price
Price (score)
$53 Cheaper.
+24%
$70
Age
Newest
82 Months More recent.
+29%
116 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 2TB
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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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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013). Comparing the FAEX and FZEX models shows that the newer FZEX model is around 11% faster on average. The main performance improvements are in the area of sequential writes where the newer FZEX is 30% faster (148 vs 114 MB/s). As a new purchase, the FAEX would have to come at a significant discount to the newer FZEX in order to make it worth considering. The FAEX has a reasonably well-rounded performance profile with above average 4K speeds but it's overpriced and lags the group leaders in terms of value for money. [Nov '12 HDrivePro]

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