Average Bench: 82.9% (66th of 1015)

more Based on 156,646 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 17.0% 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 1.22MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 54.2%. 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 86.9MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 135MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 156,646 samples)
Min Avg Max
93 Read 154 202
83.9 Write 139 175
55.4 Mixed 86.9 111
73.9 SusWrite 135 179
94.5% 129 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.83 4K Read 1.22 1.5
1.1 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%
872GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 166 165 167 167 168 165 MB/s
Read 168
Write 156
Mixed 92.8
SusWrite 166
107% 146 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.1
234% 1.8 MB/s
160GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 54 62 63 73 89 101 MB/s
Read 152
Write 142
Mixed 79.5
SusWrite 73.5
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1.2
222% 1.53 MB/s
214GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 89 90 91 91 91 MB/s
Read 134
Write 127
Mixed 86.8
SusWrite 90.4
81% 110 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
229% 1.67 MB/s
487GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 59 81 59 57 90 94 MB/s
Read 125
Write 134
Mixed 82
SusWrite 73.4
76% 104 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
191% 1.43 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 27,047,796 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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Workstation 62%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Average Total price: $818

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 Comments

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

Added 6 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

1 month 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


Good

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 years ago.


Good

21 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

2 years ago.

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


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