Average Bench: 87.1% (40th of 1015)

more Based on 122,759 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 12.8% 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 0.96MB/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 51.2%. 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 86.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 151MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 122,759 samples)
Min Avg Max
97.6 Read 152 193
101 Write 158 205
58.9 Mixed 86.6 104
92.5 SusWrite 151 199
100% 137 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.93 1.1
2.2 4K Write 3.06 3.5
0.7 4K Mixed 0.96 1.1
203% 1.65 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: 200 199 198 199 199 201 MB/s
Read 189
Write 203
Mixed 102
SusWrite 199
127% 173 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: 162 163 163 162 162 161 MB/s
Read 150
Write 187
Mixed 92.6
SusWrite 162
108% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
210% 1.73 MB/s
199GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 140 160 138 144 164 MB/s
Read 166
Write 192
Mixed 91
SusWrite 144
109% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
210% 1.73 MB/s
945GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 98 88 84 83 83 MB/s
Read 171
Write 170
Mixed 84.3
SusWrite 86
94% 128 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
214% 1.77 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 40,751,073 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $174 @ launch in Oct '13
AmazonUS $9023 mins
EbayUS $9510 mins
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 73,297 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 104%
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Desktop 94%
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Workstation
Workstation 106%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) - $169

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $1,207

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

Added 7 years ago.

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20 days 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

4 years ago.

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


Good

4 years ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

4 years ago.

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


Good

4 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

7 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

great performance, reliable


Above average

5 years ago.

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


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