Average Bench: 87.8% (39th of 1015)

more Based on 95,102 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, WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SAO, 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]

Very good average bench

The WD Black 2TB (2013) averaged just 12.2% 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 0.97MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.02MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 53.7%. 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 85.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 150MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 95,102 samples)
Min Avg Max
95.3 Read 155 194
98.1 Write 160 205
50 Mixed 85.2 104
89.2 SusWrite 150 199
101% 138 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.93 1.1
2.03 4K Write 3.02 3.5
0.7 4K Mixed 0.97 1.1
203% 1.64 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
429GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 121 121 123 123 123 MB/s
Read 130
Write 117
Mixed 78.3
SusWrite 122
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1
200% 1.6 MB/s
343GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 85 85 79 99 103 MB/s
Read 120
Write 131
Mixed 70
SusWrite 91.4
76% 103 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.7
166% 1.4 MB/s
239GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 79 73 80 80 90 MB/s
Read 68.3
Write 86.2
Mixed 39
SusWrite 81.4
50% 68.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.5
111% 1 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
AmazonUS $9817 mins
EbayUS $1004 mins
OutletPCUS $1201 month
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 35,774 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Desktop 94%
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Workstation 112%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) - $189

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $1,123

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

Added 6 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

7 months ago.

Very responsive about playing games in it as a backup HDD, but for the system is not so bad as well... I got CrystalDiskInfo to check about the temperature and It's always between 30 and 34°C , separated in 3 partitions.

Comment 

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

3 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

3 years ago.

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


Good

3 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.


Very good

6 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

great performance, reliable


Above average

4 years ago.

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


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