Average Bench: 85.8% (45th of 1010)

more Based on 33,567 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4SA0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00SRL, WDC WD2003FZEX-00E7NA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0, WDC WD2003FZEX-32Z4SA0, WD2003FZ EX-00Z4SB1, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4S, WDC WD2003FZEX-0, WDC WD20 03FZEX-00Z4S, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0, WD2003FZEX-00Z4SB1, 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 14.2% 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 0.99MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.01MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 52.7%. 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 146MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 33,567 samples)
Min Avg Max
96.9 Read 152 192
97.8 Write 154 204
61.6 Mixed 86.2 106
91.7 SusWrite 146 196
98.7% 135 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.92 1.1
2.3 4K Write 3.01 3.5
0.7 4K Mixed 0.99 1.1
204% 1.64 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: 148 149 149 151 152 152 MB/s
Read 160
Write 145
Mixed 93.5
SusWrite 150
101% 137 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1
202% 1.6 MB/s
760GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 73 72 73 72 78 79 MB/s
Read 179
Write 194
Mixed 91.7
SusWrite 74.2
99% 135 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1.1
219% 1.73 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,407,937 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
AmazonUS $1204 mins
EbayUS $12039 mins
NeweggUS $12011 hrs
OutletPCUS $12620 hrs
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 15,701 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 128%
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Desktop
Desktop 122%
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Workstation
Workstation 113%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $204

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $1,593

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

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12 months 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

22 months ago.

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


Good

21 months ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

20 months 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

22 months ago.

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


Very good

4 years ago.


Excellent

4 months ago.

great performance, reliable


Above average

2 years ago.

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


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