Average Bench: 80.9% (76th of 1015)

more Based on 2,150 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD4000F9YZ-09N20L0, WDC WD40 00F9YZ-76N20L1, WDC WD4000F9YZ-0, WDC WD4000F9YZ-09N20, WDC WD4000F9YZ-09N20L1, WDC WD4000F9YZ-70N20L0, WDC WD4000F9YZ-76N20L1, WDC WD4000F9YZ-79N20L0, WDC WD40 00F9YZ-09N20L1, WDC WD40 00F9YZ-09N20L0

The WD Se is an enterprise class drive designed for use in a NAS or data warehouse. Unlike the Enterprise Xe, which focuses on maximum data throughput, the focus of the Se is on balanced performance, power consumption and reliability. We only have one sample for this drive at present so for now we can't draw any robust conclusions. Based on the data we do have, in terms of value for money the WD Se lands in the middle of the (scarce) 4TB pack, besting the (2012) 4TB black by just 3.4%. From a performance perspective, with both peak and average read/writes coming in at 137/136 MB/s it's hard to tell at this point because we don't know whether to take those figures as peak or average. As averages they are very strong and as peak figures they are relatively weak. We will update this summary when we have more data. In the mean time the Seagate Desktop HDD1.5 remains our 4TB pick. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

Very good average bench

The WD Se 4TB averaged just 19.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Se 4TB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.99MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.93MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Se 4TB is 48%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Se 4TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 88.6MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 134MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,150 samples)
Min Avg Max
88 Read 144 179
81 Write 134 164
56.4 Mixed 88.6 114
79.7 SusWrite 138 169
92.7% 126 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.62 4K Read 0.87 1.1
1.7 4K Write 2.93 3.6
0.8 4K Mixed 0.99 1.2
201% 1.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 160 160 163 162 160 160 MB/s
Read 164
Write 145
Mixed 87
SusWrite 161
102% 139 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 0.9
201% 1.7 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.01A02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 133 133 133 134 134 MB/s
Read 151
Write 131
Mixed 81.8
SusWrite 133
91% 124 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1.1
230% 1.8 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 126 123 128 120 72 MB/s
Read 150
Write 146
Mixed 109
SusWrite 116
96% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
207% 1.57 MB/s
15GB free
Firmware: 01.01A02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 41 56 58 53 54 50 MB/s
Read 37.1
Write 73.4
Mixed 40.4
SusWrite 52.1
38% 50.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.5
105% 0.93 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 39,757,981 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $275 @ launch in May '13
AmazonUS $10813 mins
EbayUS $1102 mins
BHPhotoUS $2294 years
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Typical Se 4TB Builds (Compare 1,093 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK-CF

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $788

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