Average Bench: 77.5% (98th of 1015)

more Based on 738 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 22.4% 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 0.68MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.98MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 3TB (2012) is 36.4%. 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 738 samples)
Min Avg Max
104 Read 139 170
98 Write 132 158
71.3 Mixed 112 148
86.7 SusWrite 130 161
94.8% 128 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.44 4K Read 0.73 0.92
2.05 4K Write 2.98 3.6
0.32 4K Mixed 0.68 1.1
162% 1.47 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: 153 155 155 151 158 150 MB/s
Read 150
Write 148
Mixed 106
SusWrite 154
103% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.5
4K Mixed 1
209% 1.77 MB/s
1.5TB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 55 99 124 54 73 132 MB/s
Read 143
Write 148
Mixed 104
SusWrite 89.6
90% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 0.3
122% 1.4 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 120 122 123 123 123 123 MB/s
Read 110
Write 106
Mixed 65
SusWrite 122
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1
200% 1.6 MB/s
431GB free
Firmware: 1L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 107 110 110 111 114 MB/s
Read 110
Write 107
Mixed 93.9
SusWrite 110
78% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.1
211% 1.63 MB/s
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Typical Black 3TB (2012) Builds (Compare 9,906 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 63%
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Desktop
Desktop 80%
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Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $839

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