Average Bench: 88.5% (30th of 1015)

more Based on 144,544 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 11.4% 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 0.95MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.04MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 2TB (2013) is 51.8%. 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 86.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 153MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 144,544 samples)
Min Avg Max
93.6 Read 153 194
100 Write 161 207
57.5 Mixed 86.7 105
97.5 SusWrite 155 199
102% 139 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.95 1.1
2.2 4K Write 3.04 3.5
0.66 4K Mixed 0.95 1.1
201% 1.65 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 193 196 195 194 194 194 MB/s
Read 197
Write 209
Mixed 103
SusWrite 194
128% 176 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1
210% 1.7 MB/s
32GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 160 157 154 164 138 138 MB/s
Read 200
Write 151
Mixed 106
SusWrite 152
112% 152 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.1
206% 1.53 MB/s
786GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 179 177 178 178 178 178 MB/s
Read 165
Write 190
Mixed 91.3
SusWrite 178
114% 156 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1
212% 1.73 MB/s
450GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 129 129 129 128 129 MB/s
Read 103
Write 180
Mixed 78.6
SusWrite 129
90% 123 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 0.9
197% 1.63 MB/s
126GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 84 86 86 87 86 86 MB/s
Read 95.7
Write 88
Mixed 64.9
SusWrite 86
62% 83.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1
198% 1.6 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 53,415,977 HDDs tested

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MSRP ≈ $174 @ launch in Oct '13
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) - $21

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 87% - Excellent Total price: $854

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

Added 10 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

12 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

7 years ago.

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


Good

7 years ago.

Amazing performer and reliable drive


Good

7 years ago.

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


Good

7 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

10 years ago.


Excellent

5 years ago.

great performance, reliable


Above average

8 years ago.

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


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