Average Bench: 82% (71st of 1015)

more Based on 112,329 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 18.0% 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 1.21MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 54.3%. 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 86.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 134MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 112,329 samples)
Min Avg Max
92 Read 152 204
80.4 Write 137 176
58.5 Mixed 86.8 110
76.3 SusWrite 134 179
93.5% 127 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.21 1.5
1.13 4K Write 2.47 2.96
0.8 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%
817GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 183 181 184 184 185 184 MB/s
Read 217
Write 153
Mixed 109
SusWrite 184
122% 166 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
242% 1.77 MB/s
842GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 162 153 160 158 155 MB/s
Read 171
Write 156
Mixed 88.3
SusWrite 157
105% 143 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.3
254% 1.87 MB/s
727GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 152 155 159 160 159 158 MB/s
Read 157
Write 146
Mixed 91.5
SusWrite 157
101% 138 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1.2
228% 1.57 MB/s
409GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 153 151 146 149 154 MB/s
Read 135
Write 138
Mixed 110
SusWrite 151
99% 134 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1
202% 1.43 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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Desktop 76%
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Workstation
Workstation 52%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $967

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 Comments

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

Added 5 years ago.

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13 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

12 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

17 months ago.

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


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