Average Bench: 99.2% (5th of 1015)

Based on 590 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD8003FRYZ-01JPDB1, WDC WD8003FRYZ-0, WDC WD8003FRYZ-01JPD, WDC WD80 03FRYZ-01JPDB1

Excellent average bench

The WD Gold 8TB (256MB Cache 2017) averaged just 0.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Gold 8TB (256MB Cache 2017) near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.25MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 5.61MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Gold 8TB (256MB Cache 2017) is 58.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Gold 8TB (256MB Cache 2017) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 89.9MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 171MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 590 samples)
Min Avg Max
109 Read 171 217
114 Write 174 220
59.5 Mixed 89.9 103
111 SusWrite 173 219
111% 152 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.9 4K Read 1.16 1.4
4.8 4K Write 5.61 6.5
0.74 4K Mixed 1.25 1.5
291% 2.67 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
3TB free
Firmware: 01.01H02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 178 165 168 179 180 178 MB/s
Read 160
Write 163
Mixed 81.3
SusWrite 175
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 5.5
4K Mixed 1.3
292% 2.63 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: 01.01H02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 178 165 168 179 180 178 MB/s
Read 160
Write 162
Mixed 96
SusWrite 174
109% 148 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 5.6
4K Mixed 1.4
313% 2.77 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 39,673,496 HDDs tested.


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Typical Gold 8TB (256MB Cache 2017) Builds (Compare 1,887 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 67%
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Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 60%

Motherboard: Asus X99-A/USB 3.1

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $845

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