Average Bench: 82.3% (65th of 1015)

more Based on 240,965 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD1003FZEX-00GGJB0, 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, WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0, 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 17.6% 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 1.23MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 57.8%. 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 88MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 134MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 240,965 samples)
Min Avg Max
91.7 Read 152 203
81 Write 136 173
59.3 Mixed 88 111
74.3 SusWrite 134 180
93.8% 128 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.23 1.5
1.41 4K Write 2.48 3
0.7 4K Mixed 1.09 1.2
218% 1.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
931GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 169 183 183 184 182 MB/s
Read 187
Write 162
Mixed 78.9
SusWrite 174
110% 151 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.2
247% 1.87 MB/s
870GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 156 160 163 166 165 164 MB/s
Read 160
Write 151
Mixed 134
SusWrite 162
112% 152 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
240% 1.7 MB/s
150GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 111 120 146 158 148 MB/s
Read 161
Write 147
Mixed 99.3
SusWrite 136
100% 136 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
233% 1.7 MB/s
108GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 117 118 118 118 119 MB/s
Read 146
Write 141
Mixed 96.3
SusWrite 118
92% 125 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
238% 1.73 MB/s
773GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 115 115 115 115 115 MB/s
Read 109
Write 103
Mixed 77.5
SusWrite 115
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1.1
207% 1.43 MB/s
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 Comments

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

Added 10 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

3 years 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

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

10 years ago.


Good

5 years ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

6 years ago.

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


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