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Old 23-07-2014, 12:37 AM   #60
Mudkip101
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Gaming Experience

Before we begin, I just want to note that the only game that is on the SSD right now is Watch_Dogs as it is the most performance demanding game of all the games I have (and also I can’t fit any more games to the SSD because it’s only 120GB in size). All games are executed at the highest possible settings. I’ll be using FRAPS to see if I get any FPS improvements while using the WD Black˛. Let’s see what WD Black˛ has in store for us.

Watch_Dogs

On the WD 1TB Caviar Blue 7200 rpm HDD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 2166
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 30
  • Max: 51
  • Avg: 36.1
  • Average Loading time: 33.4 seconds
Watch_Dogs on the WD 1TB Caviar Blue HDD (FPS at the upper right corner)
On the WD Black˛ SSD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 4264
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 63
  • Max: 76
  • Avg: 71.067
  • Average loading time: 12.6 seconds
Watch_Dogs on WD Black˛ SSD (FPS at the upper left corner)
At first, I couldn’t believe what a HUGE BOOST TO MY FPS the SSD had on the game. I didn’t expect it to be that high. No lags whatsoever. All smooth, graphics quality increased, smoothness of the game has also increased due to the big FPS boost.

Now for the games below I’ve installed them on the HDD part of the WD Black˛. I won’t be expecting much or any improvements at all if you look at the benchmark scores earlier. It scored the lowest of the 3 but still, it performs pretty well for a 5400 rpm hard drive. I may be wrong but let’s take a look.

Dota 2

On the WD 1TB Caviar Blue 7200 rpm HDD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 10186
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 136
  • Max: 243
  • Avg: 176.233
Average loading times
  • Start of the application – 12.1 seconds
  • Start of a match – 17.8 seconds
Dota 2 on the WD 1TB Caviar Blue HDD (FPS at the upper right corner)
On the WD Black˛ HDD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 9259
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 112
  • Max: 236
  • Avg: 154.317
Average loading time
  • Start of the application – 11.89 seconds
  • Start of a match – 17.2 seconds
Dota 2 on WD Black˛ HDD (FPS at the upper left corner)
Battlefield 4

On the WD 1TB Caviar Blue 7200 rpm HDD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 4370
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 65
  • Max: 96
  • Avg: 72.833
  • Average loading time: 53.62 seconds
Battlefield 4 on the WD 1TB Caviar Blue HDD (FPS at the upper right corner)
On the WD Black˛ HDD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 3482
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 42
  • Max: 82
  • Avg: 61.45
  • Average loading time: 51.263 seconds
Battlefield 4 on WD Black˛ HDD (FPS at the upper left corner)
Goat Simulator

On the WD 1TB Caviar Blue 7200 rpm HDD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 1773
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 18
  • Max: 64
  • Avg: 29.55
  • Average loading time: 3.2 seconds
Goat Simulator on the WD 1TB Caviar Blue HDD (FPS at the upper right corner)
On the WD Black˛ HDD..
FPS Rating
  • Frames: 3482
  • Time (ms): 60000
  • Min: 5
  • Max: 63
  • Avg: 58.033
  • Average loading time: 4.9 seconds
Goat Simulator on WD Black˛ HDD (FPS at the upper left corner)
I should have expected the unexpected, was surprised and amazed how good the WD Black˛ 5400 rpm HDD compared to the WD Caviar Blue 7200 rpm HDD. The Goat Simulator was the one that knocked me out my socks off, a 20 average FPS difference was seen in favor of the WD Black˛. The benchmark tools was somewhat, a little off compared to the real deal gaming experience that WD Black˛ offers.

Conclusion

The WD Black˛ has given me quite a ride these past few weeks, boosting up the speed of the boot up of my PC from 53.6 seconds to an outstanding 5 seconds flat using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. That is however, what is expected to having an SSD as a boot up drive. The WD Black˛'s SSD also exceeded WD’s stated sequential read speeds of 350 MB/s which is a good point to ponder. These figures are impressive compared to existing hybrid HDDs on the market. Another thing to point out is its design. For me, the design makes it stand out from the other SSDs on the market giving that prestigious feeling of having one. The hardware is also compatible with most computers we have today with its 2.5” 9.5mm form factor, but some thinner laptops nowadays have drive bays that could only fit 7mm drives so be sure to check your laptop's drive bay specifications first before buying this one as it cost $200-$300 USD. A pretty big number for the performance it gives, as you could buy a better performing SSD with 250GB capacity and a 1TB 7200 rpm HDD for LESS the price or a 512GB SSD for almost the same price. Some of you may agree to what I've said but WD isn't targeting all the PC enthusiast out there, WD is keying on the laptop/notebook owners with single 2.5” drive bays that wants a snappy system with a large storage capacity in one single drive.

The WD Black˛ is surely an innovation bringing 2 drives into one however, the price is what makes potential customers stay away from it. As the latest notebooks/laptops now have dual 2.5” drive bays or a single 2.5" drive and an mSATA SSD, it's much cheaper to go that route. Another limiting factor is the lack of Mac support which would lead to an even narrower market as it is already now. If WD insisted on a 250gb SSD at the same price, it would have a huge impact to its market as well as the potential consumers it would bring. Fairly enough, There are its ups and downs on the WD Black˛ but still, it did its job and actually gave more than what it was stated and also comes with a 5 year warranty which goes to show how much WD has given to this product. Thumbs up to Western Digital for the innovation of the WD Black˛, world's first 2.5” SSD+HDD dual drive !

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