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Western Digital Black (4TB) review

Western Digital Black (4TB) - High x (Capacity + Performance)

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
7.5
Features:
7
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Huge capacity at little sacrifice in performance
Good sequential read and write performance
More cost-effective than regular 1TB drives
THE BAD
Random read and write performance suffers a little
Poor PCMark 7 results
No accessories


Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives were tested on our storage testbed, which has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600MHz memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • Western Digital Black 4TB
  • Western Digital Black 1TB
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB

To evaluate the new WD Black 4TB’s performance characteristics, we will be comparing it against the popular 1TB model from the same Caviar Black lineup. Additionally, we have included results from the new and recently tested 1TB VelociRaptor drive and also the older 300GB VelociRaptor drive. And since we’ve shown in the review of the 1TB VelociRaptor that even the latest and fastest mechanical hard disks are no much for even run-of-the-mill SSDs, we will refrain from including results from SSDs in this comparison.

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro 4.6
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)