Average Bench: 82.1% (67th of 1015)

more Based on 125,401 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]

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Very good average bench

The WD Black 1TB (2013) averaged just 17.8% 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 1.22MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 52.2%. 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 87.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 125,401 samples)
Min Avg Max
94.5 Read 154 203
80.8 Write 139 176
58.9 Mixed 87.8 111
71 SusWrite 132 178
94.2% 128 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.22 1.5
1.2 4K Write 2.49 2.9
0.7 4K Mixed 1.1 1.2
219% 1.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
893GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 168 181 183 182 179 181 MB/s
Read 193
Write 160
Mixed 104
SusWrite 179
117% 159 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.2
244% 1.8 MB/s
343GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 137 140 144 138 145 145 MB/s
Read 152
Write 148
Mixed 90.8
SusWrite 141
98% 133 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
223% 1.63 MB/s
251GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 119 120 120 120 120 MB/s
Read 134
Write 78
Mixed 88.7
SusWrite 119
78% 105 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
188% 1.43 MB/s
195GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 120 120 119 120 120 MB/s
Read 131
Write 120
Mixed 83.4
SusWrite 119
83% 113 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
227% 1.67 MB/s
48GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 53 64 79 100 101 MB/s
Read 131
Write 110
Mixed 79.5
SusWrite 78.6
74% 99.8 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
204% 1.47 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,707,108 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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Workstation 52%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $808

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 Comments

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

Added 5 years ago.

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16 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

5 years ago.


Good

15 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

19 months ago.

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


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