Average Bench: 73.1% (114th of 1010)

more Based on 1,531 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD4001FAEX-00MJRA0, WDC WD4001FAEX-0, WDC WD4001FAEX-32MJRA0, WDC WD4001FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD40 01FAEX-00MJR, WDC WD40 01FAEX-00MJRA0, WD4001FA EX-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 26.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.96MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.16MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 4TB (2012) is 44.8%. 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 86.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 123MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,531 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.4 Read 131 166
76.4 Write 125 153
59.5 Mixed 86.2 111
68.3 SusWrite 123 157
85.5% 116 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.51 4K Read 0.79 1
2.18 4K Write 3.16 3.7
0.46 4K Mixed 0.96 1.2
198% 1.64 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: 149 153 154 154 154 153 MB/s
Read 169
Write 162
Mixed 108
SusWrite 153
109% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 1
215% 1.83 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 146 148 150 151 151 153 MB/s
Read 152
Write 145
Mixed 92
SusWrite 150
99% 135 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.8
4K Mixed 1
215% 1.87 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 124 126 127 126 127 MB/s
Read 154
Write 144
Mixed 104
SusWrite 126
97% 132 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.7
4K Mixed 0.9
206% 1.83 MB/s
770GB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 114 112 115 115 116 MB/s
Read 156
Write 128
Mixed 81.7
SusWrite 114
88% 120 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.1
205% 1.57 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $321 @ launch in Nov '12
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Desktop 76%
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Workstation 69%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X79 - $352

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 92% - Outstanding Total price: $1,413

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24 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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