Average Bench: 81.8% (71st of 1015)

more Based on 177,294 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00RLFA0, WD1003FZEX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00K3C, WDC WD1003FZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK, WDC WD1003FZEX-22RKKA0, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00RLF, WDC WD1003FZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WD1003FZEX-00K3, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLF, WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00K3C, WD1003FZEX-00MK, WDC WD1003FZEX-00S3D

This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

Very good average bench

The WD Black 1TB (2013) averaged just 18.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 1TB (2013) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.09MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.24MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 52.4%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 1TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 87.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 133MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 177,294 samples)
Min Avg Max
91.4 Read 152 202
86.1 Write 138 175
60.4 Mixed 87.5 111
77.1 SusWrite 133 179
93.8% 128 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.24 1.5
1.1 4K Write 2.46 2.9
0.6 4K Mixed 1.09 1.2
218% 1.59 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
560GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 158 159 159 159 157 MB/s
Read 168
Write 154
Mixed 105
SusWrite 158
108% 146 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.2
234% 1.67 MB/s
668GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 151 154 157 156 137 MB/s
Read 163
Write 160
Mixed 82.5
SusWrite 148
101% 138 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
236% 1.67 MB/s
678GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 139 140 140 140 139 MB/s
Read 162
Write 150
Mixed 108
SusWrite 139
103% 140 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
220% 1.67 MB/s
252GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 95 95 95 95 95 MB/s
Read 170
Write 138
Mixed 98.4
SusWrite 92.2
92% 125 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
240% 1.7 MB/s
639GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 63 47 44 43 48 53 MB/s
Read 41.1
Write 81.2
Mixed 25.9
SusWrite 49.8
36% 49.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.3
54% 0.43 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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 Comments

For the Gamer … Smarter than the average drive...

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Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

5 months ago.

Comment 

I initially had some issues with it, but the WD Data LifeGuard utilities smoothed that out. It took a couple hours, but it's a solid drive!—Nov '14

Comment 

Excellent Drive, Not a bad choice when you're on a budget or want to save money, When playing Diablo 3, When switching GR levels I have loaded faster then people using SSD driver or at same time. If you Heard of taeguk gem, On diablo 3, I don't lose stacks when changing levels. dam i only scored 106% . oh well 2nd place better then last :-p—Nov '15


Good

12 months ago.

It's a bit small. But the speeds are awesome. WD Black's are the way to go.


Excellent

6 years ago.


Excellent

6 months ago.

best 1 tb hdd , fast and reliable


Good

2 years ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

2 years ago.

Seek times are garbage compared to the WD1002FAEX model from 2010.


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