WD Black (3.5-inch, 6TB)
Typically, whenever we hear the name WD in our office, we tend to associate the brand's hard drives with the word 'legendary,' and with good reason. WD's storage solutions are renowned for their legendary reliability and performance across multiple consumer and business channels. For this issue, we tested out the latest 6TB edition of the WD Black edition and see just how well it performs under pressure.
As with all storage devices (be it a hard drive or an SSD), WD is one of those manufacturers that tend to be less gaudy or garish with designs for their storage devices. Like all traditional hard drives, the only thing that decorates the hard drive is the ubiquitous sticker with the details and build of the device.
On paper, the WD Black represents the performance side of the company's hard drive spectrum of classification. With a rotational speed of 7,200rpm, the WD Black caters to the power user who is still looking for that extra boost in performance from traditional hard drives. Additionally, the new WD Black comes with a 128MB cache buffer, which is what allows the WD Black to gain that extra performance in certain actions, such as readahead and read-behind, and speed matching executions.
In terms of performance, we ran CrystalDiskMark on the WD Black to get a better idea of its sequential read and write speeds. Across the board, the WD Black was able to maintain sequential read and write speeds of 224MB/s and 225MB/s, respectively. Yes, it's not the fastest storage device on our list, but here's the thing: Hard drives like the WD Black are meant to strike a balance between the three pillars of storage: performance, speed, and reliability. If speed and performance is what you want, then the obvious answer from us to you would be to get yourself an SSD.
Due to its traditional use of mechanical parts, the WD Black actually heats up, and quite fast if we may add. When we tested loading our games directly from the storage device itself, we could actually hear it whirring and clicking away, as well as feel a slight heat emanating from it.
With that said, the WD Black took close to no time in loading up our programs, unlike its WD Red brethren, which actually took about five seconds to kick into action before being able to execute any of our programs in storage.
Well, it's not SSD. What were you expecting?