Average Bench: 82.3% (66th of 1015)

more Based on 240,965 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00GGJB0, 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, WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WD1003FZEX-00K3, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLF, WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00S3DA0, 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 17.6% 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 1.23MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 57.8%. 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 88MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 134MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 240,965 samples)
Min Avg Max
91.7 Read 152 203
81 Write 136 173
59.3 Mixed 88 111
74.3 SusWrite 134 180
93.8% 128 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.23 1.5
1.41 4K Write 2.48 3
0.7 4K Mixed 1.09 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%
612GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 170 172 170 171 168 MB/s
Read 180
Write 166
Mixed 100
SusWrite 170
113% 154 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.2
248% 1.83 MB/s
663GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 162 164 163 163 164 164 MB/s
Read 181
Write 157
Mixed 103
SusWrite 163
111% 151 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
242% 1.77 MB/s
409GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 140 139 137 138 137 MB/s
Read 144
Write 143
Mixed 133
SusWrite 138
104% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
197% 1.5 MB/s
408GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 132 133 133 131 132 MB/s
Read 137
Write 146
Mixed 93.9
SusWrite 133
94% 127 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1.2
238% 1.67 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 48,531,792 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $135

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 Comments

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

Added 9 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

24 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

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

8 years ago.


Good

4 years ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

4 years ago.

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


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