WDWD30EZRZ
WDWD1003FZEX

Release date: Q3 2015.

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Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 129,077 user samples
23,597 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 45% 6GB free
Poor: 45% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 122nd / 1015
105,480 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 277GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 69th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
73 % 82.3 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+13%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
130 MB/s 153 MB/s Faster read speed.
+18%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
121 MB/s 139 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+15%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.88 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster random read.
+36%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.36 MB/s 2.45 MB/s +4%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
79.9 MB/s 86.3 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.95 MB/s 1.09 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+15%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
124 MB/s 134 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+8%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
174 MB/s 202 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+16%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
163 MB/s 176 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+8%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+36%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s 3 MB/s +3%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
105 MB/s 111 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+9%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
168 MB/s 179 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+7%
Market Share
Based on 19,233,558 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.26 % 0.96 % Hugely higher market share.
+269%
Value
Value For Money
53.5 % Hugely better value.
+111%
25.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % 75 % More popular.
+29%
Price
Price (score)
$82 $65 Cheaper.
+21%
Age
Newest
48 Months Much more recent.
+31%
70 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 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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