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WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
Part 1
Introduction



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SSD VS HDD. Courtesy of Techquickie
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
Part 2
The Test Systems

The Desktop

Test Desktop Specifications: http://tinyurl.com/pmo5az2

The Laptop

Test Laptop Specifications: http://tinyurl.com/ms63l2x


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Video Review
http://youtu.be/ddeYsJ3-1BA


All music used coypright of Urbandub.
 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
Part 3
The Benchmarks

The Comparison Drives:
1. Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5in SDSSDDX120GG25
2. WD Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5in WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0
3. Toshiba 750GB 2.5in MK7575GSX
4. WD BlackČ Dual Drive 2.5in WD1001X06X-OOSJVT0

http://youtu.be/SHDj8mYnt3E

*Note. Full SATA 3 speeds are not attainable with mechanical hard drives. Both WDC Blue and the Toshiba 750GB are tested using SATA 2 connections. Even the mechanical drive of the WD BlackČ is under this limit even if connected to a SATA 3 port. AHCI Mode is enabled through the BIOS.



Now we head on the numbers.

Anvil's Storage Utilities 1.1.0.337
http://tinyurl.com/l8z6ykx

Anvil's Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide users with a simple means of assessing the read and write performance of SSD or HDD. The tests were done using the default settings and with a 1GB test size.



The Read Score of the WD BlackČ SSD is a few points higher compared to the SanDisk SSD. The Write Score of the SanDisk SSD however is around 43% higher than the WD BlackČ SSD. The Read Scores of the Toshiba HDD 5400RPM and the WDC Blue HDD are just a few points in difference but had a 28% advantage for the WDC Blue in Write Score thanks to its 7200RPM speed. The WD BlackČ HDD side is impressive, which came out on top of the mechanical HDD comparisons even if it only spins at a speed of 5400RPM.


AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739.38088
http://tinyurl.com/l8z6ykx

Testing the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache, AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GB file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks and additionally performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD's access time.



The WDC Blue scored only few points higher over the 5400 Toshiba HDD. The WD BlackČ HDD once again reigned better than the rest of the mechanical hard drives in Read and Total Scores. The WD BlackČ SSD won over the SanDisk SSD in these tests either be it in read or write and in total score which obtained 33%, 11.5%, and 28% advantages respectively.


ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.47
http://tinyurl.com/mfmyfzb

ATTO is one of the oldest drive benchmarks still being used today and is still very relevant in the SSD world. ATTO measures transfers across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and places the data into graphs that can be very easily interpreted. The test was run with the default runs of 4096kb through 4196kb transfer sizes with the total length being 256mb.



As expected, the Toshiba HDD is slower compared to the WDC Blue, but the WD BlackČ HDD is beating the WDC Blue by 15% in Read speeds and by 16% in Write speeds. The 4K test ruled out the 29% Read speed and 71% Write speed advantage of the SanDisk SSD over the WD BlackČ SSD. Yet the scores of the WD BlackČ SSD are to be appreciated, running past its specified transfer rates.


CrystalDiskMark 3.03b
Link http://tinyurl.com/jvk2hst

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark utility that measures performance for sequential and random reads/writes of various sizes for any storage device. It is useful for comparing the speed of both portable and local storage devices.



The Toshiba HDD only gained advantage in the 512K Write field against the WDC Blue. The WD BlackČ HDD on the other hand outscored the WDC Blue in every field except for the 0.051 MB/s loss in the 4K Read. Good scores once again for the WD BlackČ HDD against the mechanical drives. The SanDisk SSD excelled only by 47MB/s in Sequential Read and 1.7MB/s in 512K Read along with 18.12MB/s advantage in 4K Write against the WD BlackČ SSD. An impressive speed scores across the chart for the WD BlackČ SSD.


DiskBench 2.6.2.1
http://tinyurl.com/kh92ngj

Most of them run a single specific test that often doesn't tell you much about how your disks perform in a real-world situation, such as copying large files and even whole directories. Disk Bench is a free benchmarking tool that lets you choose which files or folders to copy. It then copies the data, benchmarks the speed, and deletes the copied data from the destination, though you can also keep the copied data. It also creates test files with a repeating 128-byte string, which is a preferred method for benchmarking a single disk, as well as batch files for testing. The Copy Directory was used with mixed data of 3.96GB in size. The Read file was used with a 148MB.



Having the real world tests of DiskBench, the Toshiba HDD still showed inferiority in read speed over the WDC Blue, especially in write speeds. The WD BlackČ HDD on the other hand still maintained to beat the WDC Blue by a few points in read and write tests. The WD BlackČ SSD maintained to stay close to the SanDisk SSD in terms of Read speed and gained advantage of around 10% in write speed.


HD Tune Pro 5.5
http://tinyurl.com/lnko52b

HD Tune Pro is a hard disk / SSD utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more.



Using the File Benchmark tab of HD Tune Pro, the Toshiba HDD showed lower read speed and gained a very minimal 515KB/s over the WDC Blue. The WD BlackČ HDD Still stood with high read speed against the mechanical drives and lost around 13% in write speed. The WD BlackČ SSD performed close to specifications having around 340.6MB/s and 146.9MB/s read and write speeds respectively. The SanDisk SSD on the other hand plunged below specifications and ran only at 406.4MB/s read and 155.8MB/s write speed.


Passmark Version 7
http://tinyurl.com/owq6eem

PassMark Software has delved into the thousands of benchmark results that PerformanceTest users have posted to its web site and produced charts to help compare the relative performance of different hard drive models with storage capacities from gigabyte to terabytes. The charts include results from many major hard drive manufacturers, including but (not limited to) Seagate, Western Digital (WDC), Hitachi, Maxtor and Samsung. Our data can help you assess the performance of your hard disk drive (HDD) in comparison to similar models, or help users decide whether newer hard drive technologies represent good value for purchasing when it comes to high performing data storage and retrieval.



In here we still see a good consistency in performance from the WD BlackČ HDD over the WDC Blue and Toshiba HDD. The WD BlackČ on the other hand stood firm in its specified write speed against the SanDisk SSD but got only around 16% of the SanDisk’s speed in the Random Seek + RW test and only 51% of the Sandisk’s read speed.

PCMark 7 Professional Edition 1.4.0
http://tinyurl.com/nbsh4ct

The Storage test is a collection of workloads that isolate the performance of a PC's HDD or SSD. Users can choose to test other storage devices in addition to the main system drive.



The WD BlackČ SSD won over the SanDisk SSD in this test by 3.3% in System Storage Score and 2.16% in Raw System Storage Score. A good performance in when fact the SanDisk SSD is of higher specifications. The WD BlackČ HDD stood out among the other mechanical hard drives in both scoring fields.


PCMark 8 professional Edition 2.0.162.0
http://tinyurl.com/kvlzer7

Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognised storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.



Using the HDD Test Suite of PCMark 8, the WD BlackČ SSD performed better than the SanDisk SSD by having small gain of 0.68%. The WD BlackČ HDD on the other hand lost around 4.35% against the WDC Blue. Bigger gain by the WD BlackČ SSD is obtained in the tested Storage Bandwidth which gave a 19.57MB/s advantage over the SanDisk SSD. The WD BlackČ HDD lost around 8.42% against the WDC Blue in Storage Bandwidth.


PCMark Vantage Professional Edition1.2.0.0
http://tinyurl.com/kbaf747

PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts. A PCMark score is a measure of your computer’s performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.



Using the HDD Test Suite, the WD BlackČ SSD achieved an advantage of 10.28% in this test over the SanDisk SSD. The Toshiba is still the last in the line-up and the WD BlackČ HDD lost around 6.04% in the score against the WDC Blue.


Sisoftware Sandra 2014.06.20.35
http://tinyurl.com/kl9r2rx

SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches. This download launches a cheerfully designed interface with an array of colorful--one might even say sprightly--icons for each of its tools. Its arrangement of tools was nicely categorized for the user's benefit: Computer Maintenance, Module Types (Benchmarks, Hardware, Software, Support), and Program Maintenance.



Using the File System Bandwidth benchmark, the WD BlackČ HDD obtained a 27.45% advantage over the WDC Blue. The Toshiba HDD on the other hand scored a few points over the WDC Blue. The SanDisk SDD obtained a Bandwidth score of 35.76MB/s higher than the WD BlackČ SSD.


BootRacer 4.7
http://tinyurl.com/pgjxsuk

BootRacer tests how fast a computer boots. BootRacer automatically tests how long Windows takes to start and saves it in a history database. Users can analyze it to compare boot times, before and after users install a new program. The cool feature of BootRacer is the realistic measurement of the time taken to get to the Windows desktop.. Boot time comparison of the WD BlackČ SSD in the desktop and laptop environment were tested by cloning the present contents of the SanDisk SSD in the desktop and the Toshiba HDD in the laptop.



Expecting close or similar performance from the WDC Blue HDD and Toshiba HDD, only the Toshiba HDD is tested against the WD BlackČ SSD in the laptop. This will show the gains in a 2.5” architecture setup upgrade in a laptop. The SanDisk SSD is compared to the WD BlackČ SSD in the desktop. The WD BlackČ SSD is just 4.281 seconds slower than the SanDisk SSD. On the other hand, a 50% decrease in boot time is achieved by upgrading an existing HDD to a WD BlackČ Dual Drive.

Temperature Benchmark
AIDA64 Extreme 4.50.3000
http://tinyurl.com/pzzwoxl

AIDA64 Extreme is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives.



Using AIDA64's Stress local disk, the WD BlackČ Dual Drive stayed cooler than the mechanical drive counterparts in the comparison. It also kept close temperature to the sole SSD which is the SanDisk SSD.


SIMULTANEOUS TESTS

WD BlackČ SSD + WD BlackČ HDD
*Note: All images on the left are images of the SSD, and on the right are images of the HDD.


Passmark



We now can notice that by simultaneous read and writes on the SSD and on the HDD, the transfer rates on both storage are affected and drops on a significant value.


AS SSD - Copy Benchmark



The same results from Passmark are obtained when benchmarking these two storage simultaneously, which shows drops on transfer rates. The HDD transfer rates drop and the SSD is drastically affected as noticed on the differences on the speed and duration of the tests.


AS SSD - Compression Benchmark



As we can see in the image, the transfer rates of the two storage are quite stable when used independently. But when used simultaneously as seen on the bottom of the image, the transfer rates drop especially on the read speed of the SSD. All the transfer rates of the SSD and the HDD are affected and becomes unstable.
 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
Part 4

Gaming Benchmark

Games benefit from SSD through its load time especially when the game loads textures and graphical aspects, though such depend on the game and is not general in nature.

*Note: All saved game files/profiles were moved in their specific drive locations upon testing. Storing such on only one location will affect load times (such as when I tested not moving game files/profiles from the WDC Blue which resulted to slower load time).



Here we can see that the WD BlackČ SSD is performing well by staying close to the performance of the SanDisk SSD. The gains of having a SSD over a HDD is obvious in this chart. Newer games tend to be more storage dependent as shown by the Battlefield 3 load time compared to the other games tested.

FPS TEST

We the gamers are strict on FPS values in every game we play. We now must check out if SSD do have impact on games.

*Note: All games above except for Battlefield 3 are over 60FPS, hence, are not noticeable on framerate increase. Battlefield 3 will then be the only game used for FPS Testing.



The values are achieved by taking down the FPS on a specific part of the map. Here we can see minor FPS increase both equal on the SanDisk and on the WD BlackČ SSD. FPS are GPU and CPU intensive so FPS may increase but not that drastic.
 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
Part 5 Conclusion




The WD BlackČ Dual Drive is an exceptional product from Western Digital. It is a revolutionary hardware combining both a SSD and an HDD into a 2.5 inch form factor. It is not in line with hybrid drives as the WD BlackČ use an actual stand-alone 120GB SSD based on the JMicron's JMF667H controller with 20-nm MLC NAND compared to the 4GB or 8GB SSD for caching used by hybrid drives.

The packaging is well designed. The contents are ample and useful especially the USB to SATA cable for cloning or back ups. It is about time that we see sexy packaging for speedy hardware. Good job with the overall aesthetics inside and out along with a five year warranty. A minor observation though, is that the drive must be placed on top of the packaging when opened and not the manuals and the warranty information, but that is just me.

All over the benchmarks we see the performance of the WD BlackČ SSD to stay close and even in some benchmarks surpass its specified transfer rates. Some benchmarks also showed the ability of the WD BlackČ SSD to keep up with the SanDisk Extreme SSD as seen on the PCMark 7, PCMark 8, PCMark Vantage, AS SSD benchmark, and on the CrystalDiskMark tests. A good upgrade is emphasized by the huge performance difference between the WD BlackČ SSD and the Toshiba 750GB HDD from the test laptop. The 1TB HDD on the other hand showed its ability to keep up with the WDC Blue 500GB 7200RPM even if the WD BlackČ HDD is only spinning at 5400RPM. It even outscored the WDC Blue in some benchmarks such as in Anvil and in ATTO. It is not that drastic but is impressive as based on the performed benchmarks.

On the gaming benchmarks once again we see huge improvements in load times from HDD to SSD. The SSD performance of the WD BlackČ is consistent when compared to the SanDisk Extreme, staying close to the values on all tests. FPS test on Battlefield 3 showed slight FPS increase from SSD usage. Newer games may benefit more FPS when such game utilize its textures, environment, and other graphical aspects from the storage device, but still, such will be game dependent.

But every premium comes with a price. With an estimated price of around Php 14,000 an enthusiast commonly will go for the common setup which a discrete SSD for OS and with a separate mechanical drive for storage. That common setup will yield at an expense lesser or may be equal to the price of the WD BlackČ, but surely will beat the dual drive in all performance aspects. With this price a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter is suggested, which will show WD's interest of selling this hardware among desktop users. Desktop users tend to hide or reduce storage devices, as it is becoming a norm especially in the computer modding and enthusiast users.

One more thing which impacted the overall score of the WD BlackČ is on the simultaneous tests. Benchmarking both the SSD side and the HDD side simultaneously revealed drastic drops in both read and write transfer rates as seen on the Passmark and AS SSD Benchmarks. Durations are lengthened as another result of these drops, and instability is experienced as shown in the AS SSD Compression Benchmarks. The firmware update improves the noise produced by the drive and another update is expected to address this issue regarding simultaneous transfer rates.

The Good:
Premium Packaging
Easy to setup
2.5 inch form factor
Offers both capacity and speed
Five year warranty
Decent performance from the SSD
Decent performance from the HDD among the HDDs tested

The Bad:
High price
Proprietary software in accessing the HDD
Low write speed among 120GB SSDs in the market
Instability in simultaneous transfer rates

The Mediocre:
9.5mm height may not fit in every laptop
A 2.5" to 3.5" adapter not included
Manuals and warranty information covering the drive when opening the box

Overall the WD BlackČ is an awesome product with some flaws that may be fixed with firmware updates. The major disadvantage of this hardware is its high price. Single slot laptops and laptops without msata slots are the ones most beneficial with this product. Desktop users may find this hardware a hit if performance to price ratio is improved. Modders and enthusiasts prefer to hide storage devices anyway so this dual drive is an option. The WD BlackČ is a choice for consumers not wanting to have sole SSD storage at the same price point, or consumers needing storage along with SSD performance all through out.

 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
if this was copied from other website, then include the source link.
give credits to whom it is due.
otherwise, you are giving us the impression that this is your own review. peace.
 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
jazz4u wrote:
if this was copied from other website, then include the source link.
give credits to whom it is due.
otherwise, you are giving us the impression that this is your own review. peace.


This is my own review. Thank you.
 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
14K is too pricey. I wonder about durability also or fail rate... good toy for the rich, so not for me .

@ts paano ung propriety na software? pde read/write sa windows explorer?
 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
Sanoy wrote:
jazz4u wrote:
if this was copied from other website, then include the source link.
give credits to whom it is due.
otherwise, you are giving us the impression that this is your own review. peace.


This is my own review. Thank you.


Just a comment on your video review. Might wanna use a better cam next time and use smoother movements (panning/zooming). Was this a celphone vid, coz it goes out of focus when you zoom in. And I really couldn't care less about the background music
 
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Re:WD BlackČ Review 4 Years, 12 Months ago  
spoiledbrat802 wrote:
Just a comment on your video review. Might wanna use a better cam next time and use smoother movements (panning/zooming). Was this a celphone vid, coz it goes out of focus when you zoom in. And I really couldn't care less about the background music


Pasensha sir wala nahiraman ng video cam. hehe
 
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