WDWD2003FZEX
WDWD2002FAEX

Release date: Q4 2013.

Release date: Q4 2010.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 109,361 user samples
76,343 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 740GB free (System drive)
Poor: 58% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 1015
33,018 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% 744GB free
Worst Bench: 47% 2TB free
Poor: 47% Great: 85%
SPEED RANK: 158th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87 % Much faster effective speed.
+31%
66.5 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
153 MB/s Faster read speed.
+25%
122 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+42%
112 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.94 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Faster random read.
+17%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
3.04 MB/s Faster random write.
+20%
2.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85.8 MB/s 92.8 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.99 MB/s +3% 0.96 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
150 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+38%
109 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
194 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+22%
159 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
209 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+47%
142 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.4 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+27%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.4 MB/s 3.4 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
104 MB/s 120 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+15%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
201 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+41%
143 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 31,723,434 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.46 % Hugely higher market share.
+207%
0.15 %
Value
Value For Money
34.8 % Much better value.
+44%
24.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
72 % Much more popular.
+36%
53 %
Price
Price (score)
$100 Slightly cheaper.
+9%
$110
Age
Newest
84 Months More recent.
+29%
118 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 2TB
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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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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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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]

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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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