Average Bench: 87.5% (42nd of 1015)

more Based on 55,641 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD2003FZEX-00E7NA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD2003FZEX-32Z4SA0, WD2003FZ EX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4S, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4, WDC WD2003FZEX-0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4S, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRL, WD2003FZEX-00SR, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRLA0

This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Very good average bench

The WD Black 2TB (2013) averaged just 12.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 2TB (2013) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.06MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 51.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 2TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 86.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 150MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 55,641 samples)
Min Avg Max
102 Read 155 194
99.7 Write 159 205
60 Mixed 86.2 105
96.4 SusWrite 150 198
101% 137 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.93 1.1
2.49 4K Write 3.06 3.5
0.8 4K Mixed 1 1.1
206% 1.66 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 186 183 185 185 186 185 MB/s
Read 181
Write 194
Mixed 96.2
SusWrite 185
120% 164 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
214% 1.77 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 166 167 165 167 166 167 MB/s
Read 184
Write 168
Mixed 81.7
SusWrite 166
110% 150 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
210% 1.73 MB/s
818GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 141 137 132 133 130 MB/s
Read 173
Write 187
Mixed 93.3
SusWrite 135
108% 147 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1
210% 1.7 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 133 133 134 134 132 MB/s
Read 160
Write 137
Mixed 89.5
SusWrite 133
95% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1
198% 1.57 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,415,197 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 24,314 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 128%
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Desktop 124%
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Workstation
Workstation 112%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $499

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 107% - Outstanding Total price: $1,804

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

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Wonderful drive, quite stable, and while it may not be the fastest, it is hard to argue with a 5 year warranty. (which for the most part is not mentioned on the comparisons.)—Sep '14


Good

2 years ago.

Mesmo sendo o primeiro dia de uso estou gostando do HD, mais rápido que os outros HD que tenho.


Good

2 years ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

2 years ago.

2 of those running in a NAS 24/7 for two years. No problems whatsoever. I wouldn't put it in a desktop, however, these things are noisy by today's standards.


Good

2 years ago.

Good Performing Drive, but it's loud and puts out a lot of heat


Very good

5 years ago.


Excellent

13 months ago.

great performance, reliable


Above average

3 years ago.

2 years old @ 73% full it has slowed down considerably. A noisy drive.


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