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WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 3.5″ HDD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specification and Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Methodology
  4. Conclusion

It gives me great pleasure every time I put up a review. Its always good to appreciate the support that the manufacturers give from time-to-time to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers. Thanks to companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, WD and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for:WD Velociraptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB SATA III Storage Drive
Motherboard+ ProcessorGigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
MemoryKingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS driveWD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/ WD Blue AAJS 320GB/ WD 1TB Velociraptor
Power SupplyCoolermaster GX450
ChassisAntec Eleven Hundred

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

AS SSD– Read and Write (Pass 3)

ATTO- Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3

Aida64- Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3

Anvil Benchmark-  Compressible and Incompressible run each with 4, 16 and 32MB File Size

Boot Load Test- (Windows 7 SP1 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off)

Transfer Tests- 1.34GB Assorted Photos transfer Test, 11.34 ISO File Transfer Test, 1.27GB Compressed Data File Transfer Test and 98.39 Assorted Movies Folder Transfer Test with TeraCopy

CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark- with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size

HDTune Pro- Write and Read Pass 3

PCMark 7- HDD test

PCMark Vantage- HDD Test

Anvil Benchmark- 4/16/32GB File Size in both 0% and 100% Fill test

[nextpage title=”AS SSD Benchmark”]

Although this drive is used for AS SSDs, the tests in these give a good idea of Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive using incompressible data.

as ssd

asssdread

When it comes to sequential read, WD 2002FAEX is surprisingly only faster than WD 3TB EZRS drive. One would expect to be only slower than the Velociraptor but that’s the case. Access time for read also not impressive for a Caviar Black as many would expect.

asssdwrite

Same as read- except the access time is one of the lowest in the chart.

[nextpage title=”ATTO Benchmark”]

With a transfer sizes from 0.5KB through 8192KB and a total length of 256MB, ATTO measures transfer speed throughout the drive’s storage capacity for both reads and writes.

atto

The drive is maxed out from 16KB file size to 8MB, maintaining between 135MB write and 139MB Read minimum.

attoread

Between medium-to-large filesize, the drive is only faster than Seagate and WD’s green variant when it comes to sequential read. Ouch!!

attowrite

When it comes to write speeds, it goes head-to-head with Seagate’s ST33000651AS and WD’s 3TB EFRX.

[nextpage title=”AIDA64 Benchmark”]

aidaread

aidawrite

aidaread

Looking at the average, the drive is only second to Velociraptor. I wish I could have seen the same results in the previous synthetic tests.

aidawrite

But when it comes to write speeds, it’s the quickest so far!

[nextpage title=”Anvil Benchmark”]

Compressible Data

41632

Incompressible Data

41632

[nextpage title=”Boot Load Test”]

Windows 7 SP1 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off

boot

WD’s own 3TB EZRS is doing better than the Black counterpart. WD’s 600GB HLHX is still the lowest of all mechanical drives.

[nextpage title=”CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark”]

With the file size of 1000MB, CrystalDiskMark is set to random (incompressible data) and tests Sequential, 512K, 4KB without and WITH Queue Depth 64.

cdm

cdiread

Looking at 512K Random, its slower only compared to both the Velociraptors.

cdiwrite

EFRX and both the velociraptor models stay ahead of FAEX Black in the 512k random write test.

[nextpage title=”HDTune Pro Benchmark”]

HDTRead

HDWrite

hdtread

hdtwrite

[nextpage title=”PCMark 7 Benchmark”]

PCM7HDD

pcm7hdd

With the exception of adding music, the drive stands well just below 1TB DHTZ Velociraptor.

In Windows media centre test, the single platter Toshiba DT01ACA 500gig has an advantage, but that’s even more clear with the PCMark 7.

pcmvhdd

pcmvhdd

But when it comes to other tests, it stays on well.

[nextpage title=”Transfer Tests”]

trns

The long 98.39GB assorted movie folder transfer is where the drive took about 5 minutes longer than the velociraptor.

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