Average Bench: 87.5% (43rd of 1015)

more Based on 52,900 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 12.5% 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 2.98MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 53.8%. 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 86.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 150MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 52,900 samples)
Min Avg Max
98.1 Read 155 195
94.5 Write 159 206
58.9 Mixed 86.3 106
91.2 SusWrite 150 200
101% 137 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.93 1.1
1.9 4K Write 2.98 3.5
0.7 4K Mixed 0.99 1.1
204% 1.63 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 198 198 197 197 201 199 MB/s
Read 168
Write 137
Mixed 100
SusWrite 198
111% 151 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
205% 1.57 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 157 163 161 162 160 163 MB/s
Read 182
Write 152
Mixed 102
SusWrite 161
110% 149 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1.1
221% 1.73 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 157 158 159 158 157 MB/s
Read 169
Write 159
Mixed 98
SusWrite 157
107% 146 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 0.9
194% 1.67 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 155 155 154 155 156 MB/s
Read 157
Write 163
Mixed 110
SusWrite 151
107% 145 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 1.2
238% 1.9 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,870,593 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
EbayUS $9810 mins
AmazonUS $1064 mins
OutletPCUS $12011 hrs
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 26,009 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 110%
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Desktop
Desktop 112%
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Workstation
Workstation 91%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $1,654

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

3 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

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

15 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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