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July 27, 2014 4:14:11 AM

I'm getting a new hard drive for my gaming PC. I already have a 120GB SSD that has the OS on it, and not much else, and I am looking for a drive to put my game library and some other stuff on. I was going to go with 1 TB of WD Black because it's the "performance/gaming" blah blah blah. However my dad (a slightly more experienced PC gamer than me) says there's no noticeable difference between the two and that I should go with WD Blue to save the money.

Is there a noticeable difference between the two? I care most about game loading times since I am admittedly not a terribly patient person and already have the OS on the SSD (No boot time issues).

I'm looking for answers coming from personal experience regarding read speeds on Blue vs Black drives of the same generation, so please don't just repeat numbers. I know what the paper says! I know the Black is faster; I just want to know if the speed increase is noticeable enough to be worth the few extra $$.

Thanks! :) 
July 27, 2014 4:23:10 AM

I have both Blacks and Blues...no difference in speed for gaming purposes.
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July 27, 2014 4:23:16 AM

Go for Blue, or Barracuda.The only (noticeable) difference is warranty.
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July 27, 2014 4:23:58 AM

Actually at this point since you're looking at a 1TB, what you're really paying for is warranty.

Up until the latest generation, the Blues had a 32MB cache on their 1TB drives and the Blacks had 64MB cache on their 1TB drives. However the latest gen has them both with the same cache (64MB), drive speed, performance, etc. The only difference in specs is the Blacks have a slightly better sleep power draw than the blues.

So which would you prefer, Blue with a 2yr warranty or a Black with a 5yr warranty? For the $20 difference, I'd personally go for the longer warranty but that's me.

Also having owned both, you wont notice the difference. Their normal speed aside, they're both going to be agonizingly slower than anything launching off your SSD that you wont be able to tell the difference. I've done the warranty dance with WD over just about every model of their drives and the experience is the same (oddly positive), so just pick 2yr vs 5yr and run with it.
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July 27, 2014 4:35:19 AM

azaran said:
pierrerock said:
actually, the blue is better since it is newer hardware :
black : http://hdd.userbenchmark.com/WD-Black-1TB-2010/Rating/1...
blue: http://hdd.userbenchmark.com/WD-Blue-1TB-2012/Rating/17...


Charts a bit out of date. The WD black they spec out there is the older model WD1002FAEX. Current Black is the WD1003FZEX.


sorry misread one single letter XD : then they are prerry much identical :
http://hdd.userbenchmark.com/WD-Black-1TB-2013/Rating/1...
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July 27, 2014 4:38:43 AM

Yep, platter drives are pretty much hitting the top end of their performance differences. Now its about size and type of usage. The nice thing with the Blacks is they're going to much higher sizes while the Blues are capping out at 1TB.
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July 27, 2014 4:39:49 AM

I agree with your dad. I can't really tell the performance difference between the two, but I assume that you won't notice any performance inc/dec unless you're running a benchmarking software.

Black - has the best performance, but also loud and power hungry.
Blue - has the sweetest spot between performance and resource management.
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July 27, 2014 4:44:38 AM

I wish all these answers could be selected as solutions, since they all say the same. Thanks peeps!

BTW I'm thinking of a number from 1-100 whoever gets closest gets chosen if you even really care :p 
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July 27, 2014 4:49:32 AM

iBeater said:
I agree with your dad. I can't really tell the performance difference between the two, but I assume that you won't notice any performance inc/dec unless you're running a benchmarking software.

Black - has the best performance, but also loud and power hungry.
Blue - has the sweetest spot between performance and resource management.


Now a days the two even have identical power and noise levels. At least according to their data sheets.
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July 27, 2014 4:50:00 AM

Alexizzle2 said:
I wish all these answers could be selected as solutions, since they all say the same. Thanks peeps!

BTW I'm thinking of a number from 1-100 whoever gets closest gets chosen if you even really care :p 


69 because apparently I'm 12yr old.
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July 27, 2014 4:50:30 AM

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July 27, 2014 5:05:17 AM

Alexizzle2 said:
I wish all these answers could be selected as solutions, since they all say the same. Thanks peeps!

BTW I'm thinking of a number from 1-100 whoever gets closest gets chosen if you even really care :p 


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July 27, 2014 5:54:54 AM

the wd blue is for home dextops and black for enthusiast ....

blue is a well balance between performance and power consumption ....(does the job... and almost half the price of black)
black is better performer and more power consumption......(good substitute if u cant afford SSD)
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July 27, 2014 5:59:29 AM

prit87 said:
the wd blue is for home dextops and black for enthusiast ....

blue is a well balance between performance and power consumption ....(does the job... and almost half the price of black)
black is better performer and more power consumption......(good substitute if u cant afford SSD)


No, No and No.
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July 27, 2014 6:09:08 AM

why ,why and why ??
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July 27, 2014 6:22:23 AM

Ok well I already have decided I'm getting a WD Blue. You guys can continue the discussion I guess but I'm finished here.

The number was 24 so congrats to Alpha3031 for all that.

Thanks to everyone for helping me make my decision :) 
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July 27, 2014 8:09:16 PM

prit87 said:
why ,why and why ??


This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

http://hdd.userbenchmark.com/WD-Black-1TB-2013/Rating/1...

And neither the black nor the blue has anything on an SSD. (approx 4 times faster)
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