Average Bench: 72.7% (119th of 1015)

more Based on 2,345 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, WD4001FAEX-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 27.3% 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 0.99MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 3.14MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 4TB (2012) is 45.6%. 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 84.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 123MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,345 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.3 Read 130 164
73.5 Write 124 153
54.4 Mixed 84.2 105
64.2 SusWrite 123 155
84.8% 115 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.78 1
1.99 4K Write 3.14 3.7
0.7 4K Mixed 0.99 1.2
200% 1.63 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
3.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 150 152 153 159 160 159 MB/s
Read 166
Write 149
Mixed 88.2
SusWrite 156
102% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1
204% 1.67 MB/s
3.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 156 156 155 158 156 MB/s
Read 152
Write 147
Mixed 102
SusWrite 156
102% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.5
4K Mixed 1.1
216% 1.77 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 137 136 138 139 139 139 MB/s
Read 156
Write 141
Mixed 100
SusWrite 138
98% 134 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.4
4K Mixed 1
212% 1.77 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 109 111 111 111 111 MB/s
Read 163
Write 153
Mixed 85
SusWrite 110
94% 128 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.4
4K Mixed 1
216% 1.8 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 106 106 106 106 106 MB/s
Read 105
Write 101
Mixed 76.8
SusWrite 106
72% 97.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1
194% 1.53 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,346,913 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $321 @ launch in Nov '12
AmazonUS $2909 days
OutletPCUS $3003 years
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Workstation 60%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $1,990

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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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