Average Bench: 82.6% (73rd of 1015)

more Based on 100,266 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 17.4% 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 1.21MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 1TB (2013) is 53.8%. 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 87MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 136MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 100,266 samples)
Min Avg Max
94.7 Read 152 200
86.8 Write 139 176
53.3 Mixed 87 112
83.4 SusWrite 136 179
94.3% 128 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.8 4K Read 1.21 1.5
1.1 4K Write 2.47 2.9
0.7 4K Mixed 1.09 1.2
218% 1.59 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
816GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 173 175 175 173 175 174 MB/s
Read 170
Write 172
Mixed 106
SusWrite 174
114% 155 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1.2
232% 1.67 MB/s
408GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 140 144 142 142 144 145 MB/s
Read 146
Write 150
Mixed 97.3
SusWrite 143
99% 134 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
229% 1.67 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,165,820 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $94 @ launch in Oct '13
OutletPCUS $739 hrs
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Typical Black 1TB (2013) Builds (Compare 18,233 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 62%
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Desktop
Desktop 81%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $969

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 Comments

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

Added 5 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

9 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

9 months ago.

Ideal, fast storage drive.


Terrible

13 months ago.

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


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