Average Bench: 83.5% (63rd of 1015)

more Based on 109,085 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 16.5% 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 52.9%. 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 88.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 136MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 109,085 samples)
Min Avg Max
99 Read 155 205
85.6 Write 139 176
59.8 Mixed 88.5 114
82 SusWrite 136 180
95.2% 130 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.9 4K Read 1.23 1.5
1.1 4K Write 2.49 2.9
0.7 4K Mixed 1.1 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%
865GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 185 188 184 188 188 187 MB/s
Read 175
Write 178
Mixed 104
SusWrite 187
118% 161 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1.2
249% 1.9 MB/s
891GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 174 174 173 174 175 MB/s
Read 174
Write 175
Mixed 104
SusWrite 173
115% 156 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
220% 1.67 MB/s
736GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 156 155 153 154 155 154 MB/s
Read 178
Write 164
Mixed 108
SusWrite 155
111% 151 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.2
243% 1.83 MB/s
189GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 90 90 89 89 89 MB/s
Read 161
Write 154
Mixed 109
SusWrite 89.4
95% 128 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.1
222% 1.7 MB/s
165GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 111 112 113 114 113 MB/s
Read 107
Write 104
Mixed 73.2
SusWrite 113
73% 99.3 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
227% 1.67 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,415,635 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
EbayUS $4943 secs
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $1,028

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 Comments

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

Added 5 years ago.

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11 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

10 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

15 months ago.

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


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