Average Bench: 75.9% (107th of 1015)

more Based on 1,160 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, WDC WD30 01FAEX-32MJRA0

Good average bench

The WD Black 3TB (2012) averaged 24.0% 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 0.97MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.21MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 3TB (2012) is 37.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 3TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 87.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 127MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,160 samples)
Min Avg Max
97.8 Read 137 172
81 Write 128 156
59.5 Mixed 87.3 108
84.7 SusWrite 127 160
88.2% 120 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.8 1
2.2 4K Write 3.21 3.7
0.7 4K Mixed 0.97 1.1
201% 1.66 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 128 143 145 147 145 147 MB/s
Read 154
Write 134
Mixed 104
SusWrite 143
99% 134 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.7
4K Mixed 1.1
220% 1.83 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 145 146 146 146 146 MB/s
Read 145
Write 146
Mixed 99.4
SusWrite 146
99% 134 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 1
211% 1.8 MB/s
562GB free
Firmware: 1L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 140 141 141 142 142 142 MB/s
Read 140
Write 145
Mixed 110
SusWrite 141
99% 134 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.1
225% 1.8 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 143 145 145 145 146 146 MB/s
Read 121
Write 119
Mixed 72.5
SusWrite 145
84% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.5
4K Mixed 0.9
198% 1.73 MB/s
825GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 119 121 125 126 126 127 MB/s
Read 136
Write 130
Mixed 91.6
SusWrite 124
89% 120 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.4
4K Mixed 1
203% 1.7 MB/s
1.5TB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 102 127 129 135 141 MB/s
Read 130
Write 129
Mixed 73.9
SusWrite 122
83% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 0.8
183% 1.63 MB/s
627GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 127 126 126 128 127 MB/s
Read 122
Write 115
Mixed 81.3
SusWrite 127
82% 111 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 0.9
194% 1.67 MB/s
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Desktop 101%
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Workstation
Workstation 109%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME Z390-A - $178

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Very good Total price: $1,244

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