Average Bench: 77.3% (101st of 1015)

more Based on 840 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD3001FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD30 01FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD30 01FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD3001FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD3001FAEX-0, WDC WD3001FAEX-32MJR, WDC WD3001FAEX-32MJRA0

Good average bench

The WD Black 3TB (2012) averaged 22.7% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.84MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.09MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 3TB (2012) is 34.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Black 3TB (2012) performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 101MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 130MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 840 samples)
Min Avg Max
103 Read 138 169
98.1 Write 132 157
64 Mixed 101 142
89.9 SusWrite 130 158
92.4% 125 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.76 0.92
2.09 4K Write 3.09 3.7
0.36 4K Mixed 0.84 1.1
182% 1.56 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1TB free
Firmware: 1L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 143 144 144 144 144 MB/s
Read 145
Write 140
Mixed 98.5
SusWrite 143
97% 132 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1
204% 1.67 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 136 138 140 140 140 139 MB/s
Read 138
Write 134
Mixed 98.1
SusWrite 139
94% 127 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 1
207% 1.77 MB/s
42GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 107 109 110 109 109 MB/s
Read 135
Write 140
Mixed 103
SusWrite 109
90% 122 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 0.5
140% 1.4 MB/s
552GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 99 101 102 102 102 MB/s
Read 135
Write 135
Mixed 89
SusWrite 101
85% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 0.9
196% 1.73 MB/s
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Gaming 50%
Desktop 78%
Workstation 53%

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $854

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Intel Core i5-9400F $140Nvidia GTX 1660 $210Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $55
Intel Core i5-9600K $238Nvidia GTX 1660-Ti $270Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $107
Intel Core i7-9700K $288Nvidia RTX 2060S (Super) $430Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $200
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Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $83G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $603SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $37Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $70SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $14
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