Average Bench: 77.6% (91st of 1010)

more Based on 694 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD3001FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD30 01FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD30 01FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD3001FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD3001FAEX-0, WDC WD3001FAEX-32MJRA0

Good average bench

The WD Black 3TB (2012) averaged 22.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 3TB (2012) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.65MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.96MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 3TB (2012) is 35.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 3TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.73MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 130MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 694 samples)
Min Avg Max
104 Read 139 171
98.5 Write 132 158
72.1 Mixed 114 150
83.3 SusWrite 130 161
95.3% 129 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.43 4K Read 0.73 0.92
2.05 4K Write 2.96 3.6
0.31 4K Mixed 0.65 1.1
158% 1.45 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
3TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 140 143 144 144 146 147 MB/s
Read 149
Write 147
Mixed 104
SusWrite 144
100% 136 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
210% 1.73 MB/s
24GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 148 147 147 140 134 146 MB/s
Read 141
Write 131
Mixed 93.7
SusWrite 144
94% 127 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1
208% 1.67 MB/s
169GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 139 139 139 139 140 MB/s
Read 120
Write 126
Mixed 93.3
SusWrite 139
88% 120 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.7
4K Mixed 1
213% 1.83 MB/s
223GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 115 116 116 117 118 MB/s
Read 123
Write 110
Mixed 70.2
SusWrite 116
77% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.1
217% 1.73 MB/s
223GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 115 117 117 116 117 MB/s
Read 116
Write 120
Mixed 83.5
SusWrite 116
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.1
212% 1.7 MB/s
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Typical Black 3TB (2012) Builds (Compare 9,031 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 63%
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Desktop
Desktop 81%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $817

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