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http://forums.ncix.com/forums/?mode=showthread&forum=103&threadid=2544397&pagenumber=1&msgcount=5&subpage=1&product_id=74462

I know my drives, but I don't have experience with all models - I've got to give Lsi of the NCIX Forums credit (no relation to LSI, the company) - he jumps on every new drive and reviews them. biggrin.gifthumb.gif I love his threads.

Just read the thread. Looks like these drives are winners, despite the lackluster access times in HDTune.

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Edit: Newest batch (as of mid 2013)
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Perks:
-Tuned for low noise levels. May be quieter than Greens.
-High sequential speeds matching the new Seagates.
-No idle noise or chirping; no other 'Seagate strangeness'. wink.gif
-Better firmware and NCQ algorithms.

Cons:
-With higher full-drive access times, performance will degrade more if you fill the drive to the brim.
-Not the best candidate for a lone OS-drive.

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PCMark05 HD score was 11,611 which is better than the scores I've got with 7K3000, 7K1000.D, and even 3TB 7200.14's with CC4H firmware which should have an advantage (due to less head movement with 3 platters).
Beating a 3TB drive in a benchmark like PCMark05 is impressive. It means WD has very intelligent firmware and very good NCQ algorithms in the drive. Keep in mind that larger drives of the same RPM and platter density have an innate speed advantage, because they physically seek less distance. Seeking 600GB in on the new 3TB 3-platter Seagates is only a seek across 20% of the platters, while it would be 60% across on this Blue - and yet somehow application benchmarks favour it. It has to be smarter rearranging of reads/writes. (NCQ) WD Firmware FTW. thumb.gif

However, I would like to elaborate on the cons I listed. As the drive fills, the most recently added data will end up towards the end - if you install a new game and start playing it, it's at the end of the filled part of the platter. Meanwhile your OS will be at the very start. That means more LONG (slow) seeks. I think this is a great drive for people that have an OS SSD and want a quiet yet high performance secondary drive - but I would not expect exceptional performance when using it as the only drive in a system. As the drive fills up, performance will degrade a bit. (Mind you, it's probably still better than anything 5400RPM. wink.gif )

I'm eagerly awaiting Lsi finishing his RAID testing. WD drives generally maintain high performance levels in RAID-0 and RAID-1.

Another good quote:
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Interestingly, despite the muted seek performance the drive is so well optimized for workstation tasks that comparing it to a current revision of an Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB (which has fully optimized seek performance vs a Deskstar 7K3000) on PCMark saw the Ultrastar only beating it on 1 phase (virus scan) and scoring ~10% lower on these desktop style tasks. Obviously the Ultrastar's performance will hold up a lot better once it starts to fill up, but WD's tuning of this drive with such low acoustics is certainly impressive. This PCMark score is better than the WD FAEX 1TB Blacks from rev Z3A0 (not 1TB/platter), which scored similarly to the Ultrastar and was the current rev code for quite a while up until very recently.
I have one thing to say - BUY! tongue.gifthumb.gif
Edited by Kramy - 7/28/13 at 7:00pm
     
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I might buy one but HDD prices are still high here and the drive isn't widely available in store ATM...

Thanks for the link. thumb.gif
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i'm not sure what all this jargon means but if you had to choose for a non-raid setup and just a SSD and HHD for storage, which of these drives would be better for that purpose of being a storage drive.


WD10EZEX
or
WD1003FBYX
or
WD10EFRX



I have all three on their way but I will keep one and send the other 2 back
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Quote:
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WD10EZEX
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WD1003FBYX
or
WD10EFRX

Personally I would go for the EZEX... althrough I haven't heard much about the new Red drive. Isn't the Blue cheaper anyway ?
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The Red and RE4 drives are intended for RAID. The Red is 5400RPM with a 3yr warranty, while the RE4 is 7200RPM with a 5yr warranty.

The Blue is highly optimized for desktop use, is 7200RPM, and is using 1TB platters. It only has a 2yr warranty, but it is quiet, so the pros outweigh the cons. I too would opt for the WD10EZEX.
     
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I was always under the impression that the RE4 drives were Western Digitals best drives for any performance related purpose? I have been saving money to buy one and use my 320GB drive for misc stuff, but should I be looking for a different drive? I do intend to RAID0 after a bit...
     
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

I was always under the impression that the RE4 drives were Western Digitals best drives for any performance related purpose?

Someone's gotta ask their marketing team why they did this but the new Blue is the way to go. thumb.gif
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I was always under the impression that the RE4 drives were Western Digitals best drives for any performance related purpose? I have been saving money to buy one and use my 320GB drive for misc stuff, but should I be looking for a different drive? I do intend to RAID0 after a bit...
They have very reliable access times, which is important in RAID environments and for servers.

It's less important for desktop use, but for desktop RAID they're still great drives to get. thumb.gif

Or you can try out the new blues - but I'd wait until LSI finishes his RAID testing before hopping on two of them. The new blues also have reliable max access times, so it's likely they'll perform fine. Just keep in mind you drop from a 5 year warranty to 2 years.
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I was always under the impression that the RE4 drives were Western Digitals best drives for any performance related purpose?

Someone's gotta ask their marketing team why they did this but the new Blue is the way to go. thumb.gif
RE4 drives and Black drives have not yet been updated to 1TB platters. It's either harder to seek accurately at those densities, or they're waiting until all kinks are resolved to avoid any tarnish on the Black name. Regardless, I think they have a winner on their hards - aside from the flubbed Green launch (lots of early deaths), WD hasn't had any major issues with their recent drive launches. Firmware is fine, and reliability is fine. Performance is really really fine. smile.gif
Edited by Kramy - 8/23/12 at 7:39pm
     
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WD started making 1TB per platter drives? I can't believe I didn't hear about this.

Edit: So this is essentially Western Digital's Fine-Tune Hitachi Desktar 7K1000.D drive with the same capacities available and double the cache...I wonder how the Seagate 1TB per platter drives compete.

I don't see WD marketing 1TB/platter anywhere on the product page so I assumed that they never decided to upgrade to 1TB platters yet. biggrin.gif
Edited by HybridCore - 8/24/12 at 12:03pm
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I just got my WD10EZEX today. I'm going to use it to replace my aging 2x250GB RAID 0 as my main OS drive. It's crazy to think that what would've taken eight platters back when I bought these drives now comes on just one platter.

I noticed Kramy stated it's not the best candidate for an OS drive, but hopefully it's good enough for me. The only thing I'm worried about is the slower average access times compared to my current setup. Maybe I'll break down and buy an SSD for my OS drive one of these days.

HD Tune is reporting UDMA Mode 6, which I think is due to me having SATA set to RAID in my BIOS, so I'll have to change that.

EDIT: Just finished doing an extended scan of the drive with WD's utility. It took almost exactly two hours. No problems or reallocated sectors :thumb.gif. There was 6 power cycles on the drive when I first started it up, and around 20-30 minutes of use.

Reading the reviews on NewEgg for all HDDs; I saw a lot of people with DOA drives, or drives that failed after a few months. But I have to say, the packing was excellent, and I'm not at all worried about this drive failing any time soon. *Knock on wood* rolleyes.gif

My HD Tune results are pretty similar to Kramy's, but I figure I'll post them anyway:

Edited by duffman55 - 8/24/12 at 3:22pm
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