Average Bench: 83.4% (63rd of 1010)

more Based on 89,126 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, WDC WD1003FZEX-00RLF, WDC WD10 03FZEX-00K3C, WD1003FZEX-00MK

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 16.6% 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 1.1MB/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 57.4%. 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 87MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 137MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 89,126 samples)
Min Avg Max
92.3 Read 153 205
82.9 Write 140 175
58.4 Mixed 87 110
79.1 SusWrite 137 177
94.9% 129 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.23 1.5
1 4K Write 2.48 3
0.7 4K Mixed 1.1 1.2
220% 1.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
525GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 168 170 169 171 172 172 MB/s
Read 167
Write 146
Mixed 79.8
SusWrite 170
103% 141 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.2
241% 1.8 MB/s
620GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 160 159 162 161 161 160 MB/s
Read 161
Write 160
Mixed 100
SusWrite 161
107% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.8
197% 1.63 MB/s
388GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 140 136 139 139 136 136 MB/s
Read 150
Write 139
Mixed 84
SusWrite 138
94% 128 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1.2
232% 1.67 MB/s
675GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 107 53 106 120 148 MB/s
Read 146
Write 159
Mixed 87
SusWrite 106
92% 125 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.1
218% 1.63 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
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Workstation 59%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $964

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 Comments

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

Added 5 years ago.

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7 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

6 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

11 months ago.

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


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