Average Bench: 87.6% (43rd of 1015)

more Based on 54,763 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-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 12.4% 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 0.98MB/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 53.7%. 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 85.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 151MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 54,763 samples)
Min Avg Max
97.4 Read 154 193
99 Write 158 204
54.6 Mixed 85.6 106
97.2 SusWrite 151 198
101% 137 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 0.92 1.1
1.64 4K Write 2.98 3.5
0.7 4K Mixed 0.98 1.1
202% 1.63 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: 156 155 158 158 158 158 MB/s
Read 180
Write 148
Mixed 94
SusWrite 157
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.5
4K Mixed 1
218% 1.83 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 157 157 155 157 158 158 MB/s
Read 160
Write 150
Mixed 95.3
SusWrite 157
103% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1
202% 1.6 MB/s
648GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 143 151 154 154 154 155 MB/s
Read 122
Write 99.8
Mixed 33
SusWrite 152
74% 102 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.4
85% 0.57 MB/s
208GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 105 105 104 104 106 MB/s
Read 139
Write 122
Mixed 82.8
SusWrite 104
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
206% 1.7 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,164,774 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $174 @ launch in Oct '13
EbayUS $9022 mins
OutletPCUS $1107 hrs
AmazonUS $11811 mins
NeweggUS $11910 hrs
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Typical Black 2TB (2013) Builds (Compare 22,840 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 126%
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Desktop 123%
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Workstation
Workstation 112%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $170

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $1,543

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 Comments

Inspiring performance and capacity...

Added 5 years ago.

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18 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

11 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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