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Pros: Good amount of space; Fast shipping from Newegg
Cons: As many other reviewers have mentioned, there is an unacceptable amount of clicking and tapping noise from these drives while seeking. Even when a Windows folder is open at a location on these drives, sitting idle, there will be a double click that oscillates about every 6 to 8 seconds. Then when seekign it is almost like a deep grinding noise. It's pretty nasty.
Other Thoughts: I wish I'd read these reviews first. These drives should come with a free set of noise cancelling headphonesREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: 3Tb of space (2.72 usable in Win)
Sale price - reduced by $50
5 year warranty
Cons: Click, CLICK, clackitty-CLACK, TAP, TAP, TAP, click, click, CLICK, CLICK, Gizzzhhhherrrrrrr, CLACK-CLACK-CLACK-CLACK-Gizzzhhhherrrrrrr ... hopefully you get the point. These drives are NOT quiet.
Other Thoughts: I've owned this drive just over a week. I also have the 2Tb model. The selling points for me on the blacks have been the 5 year warranty; overall far better reliability with WD than the other major brand (S******); slightly higher transfer speeds; past history of performance, and mainly the fact that I've managed to pick them up cheaply on Newegg sales.
Crystal disk benchmark shows seq read of 149.3 and write of 144.8 MBps - avge about 12 - 14 MBps higher than a WD Blue I have. That's acceptable but not wow factor fast, and kind of underwhelming considering the cheaper price of the Blue line drives. I'm testing on a good system with an i7 4790 and 16 Gb RAM.
There are definitely issues with these drives. The con of both the 2 and 3Tb version of the WDx000xFZEX Black drive line is the noise. It isn't noisy sitting idle. But when accessing, seeking or in heavy use it makes a click, clack, tap, grrrr-ing noise that is annoying and gets even more irritating over time. I walked into a room adjoining my office and it was still clearly audible in the second room.
Because of the $50 off price tag I thought I'd gamble that this 3Tb model would be quieter than the 2Tb version I own. It is not. I'm on the fence as to whether to return this. I have been looking at noise dampening cases or solutions, but then I thought why spend more to go down that road? It negates the saving of picking up a the drive on sale.
WD also offers the 3Tb enterprise class WD3000F9YZ drive, which I was leaning towards, because it doesn't seem to have the same reviewer complaints about the noise. Although it's listed as optimally storage for NAS and scale-out architectures, it may be the new go to option as a high warranty internal HDD for those with SSD's. But it was $30 more expensive then the 3Tb Black on sale I'm kicking myself that I didn't pay the extra for that drive. My main use is vid editing, and I have my OS and programs on an SSD. So I need a reliable media drive with very good transfer speeds, backed up by a solid warranty. I may still return this and opt for the enterprise class WD3000F9YZ.
Or this may just end up becoming an expensive storage drive in an external enclosure.
Pros: Plenty fast
Stable and reliable
Performs great as a vid editing CPU
Low power consumption - 84 watt TDP
Cons: Pricey if you're on a budget.
Other Thoughts: I mounted it on a Gigabyte GA H97 D3H motherboard (v 3 Bios) and the install went off without a hitch. Detected and ran immediately.
I'm using a hyper 212 EVO to cool, and with a vid rendering, email open, another vid playing, and many browser tabs open, it doesn't go above 60 C - maxes at about 57 or 58 C. It did break 60 (63 C) when I did an FFT test with prime 95, fully stressing the cpu - but I never seem able to duplicate that in real world applications. It multitasks like a beast with room to spare.
I'm editing with Sony Vegas. CPU only rendering times (no GPU assist) for 720p are roughly one to one with this cpu - a 2 min long vid renders in 2 min. And generally two to one + 10 % for 1080p with hgith bitrate. So a 2 min long 1080p vid renders in about 4 mins 20 secs. Those are approx numbers, but a close general rule of what results I'm getting. That's w hyperthreading enabled in Vegas, and Win 7 64 bit on an SSD, w 16 Gb RAM.
Although it would be unfair to compare this across the board to my last cpu - an AMD FX 6300 - in terms of numbers it performs on avge about 40 to 50 % better depending on the application. Most noticeably in the vid editing and rendering process.
It is pricey for some but you get a top line quality cpu that will last for several years. It's a purchase I'm very happy with and glad that I made.