Average Bench: 81.5% (72nd of 1015)

more Based on 184,731 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-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 18.4% 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 54.3%. 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 86.9MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 184,731 samples)
Min Avg Max
92.7 Read 152 201
80.7 Write 136 174
56.5 Mixed 86.9 111
66.8 SusWrite 132 177
93% 127 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.22 1.5
1.1 4K Write 2.45 3
0.7 4K Mixed 1.09 1.2
217% 1.59 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
858GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 170 174 174 174 171 173 MB/s
Read 194
Write 158
Mixed 106
SusWrite 173
116% 158 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
224% 1.7 MB/s
498GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 146 145 146 145 145 MB/s
Read 172
Write 154
Mixed 90.9
SusWrite 145
103% 141 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
240% 1.7 MB/s
73GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 112 132 96 95 100 77 MB/s
Read 147
Write 26.9
Mixed 90.1
SusWrite 102
68% 91.5 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1.1
212% 1.57 MB/s
870GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 108 127 127 127 130 MB/s
Read 124
Write 116
Mixed 64.1
SusWrite 119
78% 106 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.1
231% 1.73 MB/s
140GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 7.8 4.8 9.7 7.6 14 8.2 MB/s
Read 6.7
Write 23.4
Mixed 14
SusWrite 8.7
10% 13.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 0.1
4K Mixed 0.1
21% 0.13 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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 Comments

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

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2 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

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 years ago.


Excellent

9 months ago.

best 1 tb hdd , fast and reliable


Good

2 years ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

2 years ago.

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


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