Average Bench: 83.6% (61st of 1015)

more Based on 202,096 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 16.3% 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 1.24MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 50.2%. 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 89.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 137MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 202,096 samples)
Min Avg Max
100 Read 154 202
86.4 Write 139 174
54.4 Mixed 89.3 113
80.8 SusWrite 137 180
95.4% 130 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.24 1.5
1.32 4K Write 2.46 2.9
0.7 4K Mixed 1.09 1.2
219% 1.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
357GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 157 157 158 158 150 MB/s
Read 179
Write 160
Mixed 105
SusWrite 156
110% 150 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
224% 1.7 MB/s
328GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 119 122 119 121 117 MB/s
Read 174
Write 150
Mixed 97.6
SusWrite 117
99% 135 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1.2
227% 1.63 MB/s
520GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 119 110 147 130 141 MB/s
Read 150
Write 122
Mixed 74.8
SusWrite 125
86% 118 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1.1
205% 1.43 MB/s
186GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 170 173 170 172 174 174 MB/s
Read 89.4
Write 99.1
Mixed 76.6
SusWrite 172
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.1
208% 1.5 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...

Added 7 years ago.

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7 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

21 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

14 months ago.

best 1 tb hdd , fast and reliable


Good

3 years ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

3 years ago.

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


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