Average Bench: 83.1% (66th of 1015)

more Based on 119,054 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 16.8% 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 1.11MB/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 56.5%. 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 87.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 135MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 119,054 samples)
Min Avg Max
94.3 Read 154 207
84.2 Write 141 179
57.3 Mixed 87.2 112
77.9 SusWrite 135 181
95% 129 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.22 1.5
1.4 4K Write 2.5 3
0.8 4K Mixed 1.11 1.2
220% 1.61 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
929GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 172 178 173 174 177 178 MB/s
Read 178
Write 163
Mixed 107
SusWrite 175
114% 156 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
212% 1.6 MB/s
212GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 119 117 120 120 120 MB/s
Read 193
Write 154
Mixed 106
SusWrite 119
105% 143 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.2
243% 1.83 MB/s
351GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 107 96 111 123 123 MB/s
Read 187
Write 158
Mixed 119
SusWrite 106
105% 143 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
227% 1.67 MB/s
103GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 117 117 126 128 127 MB/s
Read 126
Write 117
Mixed 78.3
SusWrite 122
82% 111 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1.2
224% 1.53 MB/s
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 Prices

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $962

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 Comments

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

Added 5 years ago.

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14 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

13 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

18 months ago.

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


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