Western Digital Unleashes All-New WD Black Family of Hard Drives with Up To 48% Higher Performance

WD Improves Performance, Efficiency, Accuracy and Reliability of WD Black HDDs

by Anton Shilov
10/09/2013 | 11:40 PM



Western Digital Corp., the world’s largest maker of hard disk drives, has updated its Black family of high-end consumer hard drives. The new series boasts a number of advantages over the predecessors, including higher performance, better accuracy, greater efficiency and stronger reliability.

“Our all new next-generation WD Black drives deliver improved performance that heightens the experience of your PC playground. These performance drives offer enhanced features over the previous generation to maximize system performance, allowing you to have more fun creating while spending less time waiting,” a statement by WD reads.

WD’s new-generation Black – WD***3FZEX – hard drives with 7200rpm spindle speed and 64MB cache are available in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities. In addition, WD offers 500GB WD Black WD5003AZEX model, which is a cut-down version most likely aimed at OEMs. The drives feature Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface and 2.5” form-factor.

Western Digital’s new WD Black FZEX family of HDDs feature all new dual-core application processor that brings in WD’s Dynamic Cache Technology, which increases performance by improving caching algorithms in real time and optimizing the cache allocation between reads and writes. This results in the drive automatically allocating more cache for read data, which reduces data congestion and increases overall performance. According to WD’s internal tests, the new 1TB drives are 26% faster than the predecessors (WD Black FAEX family) and the 4TB model increases performance by dramatic 48% in certain benchmarks.

WD Black FZEX family also features a so-called High Resolution Controller (HRC) with an improved architectural design and amount of registers, resulting in increased data precision across the hard drive, which translates to superior responsiveness.

The new generation of WD Black hard drives feature Vibration Control Technology (VCT) which allows the disks inside the drive to adapt to any mounting problems or vibration conditions that are inside a PC, resulting in increased data accuracy, performance and  reliability over time. In addition to Vibration Control Technology (VCT), WD Black 2TB and 4TB drives are also equipped with StableTrac, which secures the motor shaft inside the drive at both ends to help reduce additional system induced vibrations. StableTrac confidently stabilizes the platters inside, resulting in more accurate tracking in a particular sector during read and write operations and delivers increased performance.

Finally, the latest WD Black FZEX family of hard drives sport Corruption Protection Technology (CPT), which helps to protect and limit the potential problem of data loss during power failure or power loss to the hard drive.

The new Western Digital Black WD****FZEX series of hard drives is about to ship to retailers and should be available shortly. WD will continue to supply its previous-gen Black WD****FAEX drives to the market for a while. The new WD Black are covered by 5 years warranty.