Average Bench: 75.3% (105th of 1010)

more Based on 1,497 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD4001FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD4001FAEX-0, WDC WD4001FAEX-32MJRA0, WDC WD4001FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD40 01FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD40 01FAEX-00MJRA0

I don't understand the pricing on this drive, on the face of it, it looks seriously overpriced. Although the Black has a marginal speed advantage compared to a 3TB Barracuda, one 4TB Caviar Black costs more than two 3TB Barracudas! I have only seen benchmarks from 3 user samples for the 4TB 2012 Black so I will re-visit this recap over the coming months by which time I should have a better sample size. Additional samples may indicate far better performance than I have seen so far. [Aug '13 HDrivePro]

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Good average bench

The WD Black 4TB (2012) averaged 24.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 4TB (2012) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.74MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.02MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 4TB (2012) is 36.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 4TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 105MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 123MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,497 samples)
Min Avg Max
95.8 Read 135 166
90.3 Write 128 156
65.6 Mixed 105 147
72.6 SusWrite 123 160
91% 123 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.44 4K Read 0.75 1
2.16 4K Write 3.02 3.7
0.33 4K Mixed 0.74 1.1
170% 1.5 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 136 138 138 138 138 MB/s
Read 143
Write 147
Mixed 95.5
SusWrite 137
96% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 1
211% 1.8 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 134 133 135 139 142 MB/s
Read 142
Write 138
Mixed 93
SusWrite 136
94% 127 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1
202% 1.63 MB/s
181GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 102 100 104 105 106 MB/s
Read 106
Write 101
Mixed 67.2
SusWrite 103
69% 94.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 0.9
191% 1.6 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,407,937 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $321 @ launch in Nov '12
AmazonUS $3005 mins
OutletPCUS $3002 years
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Typical Black 4TB (2012) Builds (Compare 10,805 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 123%
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Desktop 108%
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Workstation
Workstation 116%
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Motherboard: Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $1,423

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21 months ago.

I bought two of these factory sealed. I recorded all smart data and put them into a raidset in NAS with ample power/bw. These drives fell out of raid several times before I was able to return them, centralComputers would not give me a few days past the short policy, and I got stuck with them. My friend used them as JBOD and lost data. RMAs came back even worse. We took the PCB off and cured the performance issues at a ranch, with a 30-06. Worst hdd purchase I've ever made.


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