WDWD40EFRX
WDWD1003FZEX

Release date: Q3 2013.

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Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 129,679 user samples
17,350 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 102% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 45% 1.5TB free
Poor: 45% Great: 102%
SPEED RANK: 102nd / 1015
112,329 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 728GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 71st / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
76.4 % 82 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+7%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
135 MB/s 152 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
127 MB/s 137 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.85 MB/s 1.21 MB/s Much faster random read.
+42%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.45 MB/s 2.47 MB/s +1%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
81 MB/s 86.8 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+7%
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
131 MB/s 134 MB/s +2%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
181 MB/s 204 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+13%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
168 MB/s 176 MB/s +5%
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
3 MB/s +1% 2.96 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
107 MB/s 110 MB/s +3%
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
175 MB/s 179 MB/s +2%
Market Share
Based on 19,896,197 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.16 % 0.82 % Hugely higher market share.
+412%
Value
Value For Money
62.4 % Hugely better value.
+128%
27.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 75 % Much more popular.
+32%
Price
Price (score)
$98 $60 Much cheaper.
+39%
Age
Newest
72 Months 71 Months +1%
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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