Average Bench: 80.8% (77th of 1010)

more Based on 72,294 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, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLF, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00K3C, WD1003FZEX-00MK

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]

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Very good average bench

The WD Black 1TB (2013) averaged just 19.1% 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 1.1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.21MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 52.7%. 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 86.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 131MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 72,294 samples)
Min Avg Max
90.6 Read 151 201
91.6 Write 140 177
58.2 Mixed 86.3 110
72.3 SusWrite 131 178
93.2% 127 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 1.21 1.5
1.6 4K Write 2.5 2.9
0.74 4K Mixed 1.1 1.2
218% 1.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
931GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 175 176 177 178 178 177 MB/s
Read 177
Write 169
Mixed 108
SusWrite 177
116% 158 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.2
243% 1.83 MB/s
191GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 156 157 156 160 158 MB/s
Read 134
Write 132
Mixed 83.3
SusWrite 157
93% 127 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1
209% 1.63 MB/s
231GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 106 110 123 120 125 MB/s
Read 155
Write 127
Mixed 93.5
SusWrite 116
90% 123 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1.2
240% 1.73 MB/s
619GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 64 66 66 66 65 86 MB/s
Read 139
Write 74
Mixed 75.2
SusWrite 69
66% 89.2 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.7
150% 1 MB/s
71GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 84 64 88 76 71 69 MB/s
Read 57.3
Write 49.5
Mixed 21.7
SusWrite 75.4
37% 51 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.3
66% 0.6 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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Desktop 81%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $889

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 Comments

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

Added 4 years ago.

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3 months ago.

It's lasted forever, but it's retiring time for this harddrive.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.


Good

2 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

7 months ago.

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


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