The 8TB WD Gold Datacenter Drive (WD8002FRYZ) Review

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IO Meter (Random Accesses)

We compared the 8 TB Western Digital Gold to the 6 TB Western Digital Black – the fastest desktop-grade hard disk drive in Western Digital’s arsenal. For more performance comparisons, please take a look at The Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide.


Random Throughput

8TB Gold Random Throughput

Test WD Gold
(8 TB) 
 WD Black
(6 TB) 
512 KB Read31.86 MB/s31.97 MB/s– 0.3%
512 KB Write31.34 MB/s28.54 MB/s+ 9.8%
4 KB Read0.32 MB/s0.32 MB/s
4 KB Write0.74 MB/s0.39 MB/s+ 89.7%

Check out the incredible boost in the random write speed, especially for small random writes. The 8TB WD Gold delivered almost double the performance of the 6TB WD Black drive in small random writes, and a 10% boost in performance in large random writes.

This is the key advantage of the HGST media caching technology that Western Digital included into the 8TB WD Gold. This is a tremendous performance advantage in file storage servers that serve hundreds or thousands of users.


Random Access Time

8TB Gold Random Access Time

Test WD Gold (8 TB)  WD Black (6 TB) Difference
512 KB Read16.45 ms16.39 ms+ 0.3%
512 KB Write16.73 ms18.36 ms– 8.9%
4 KB Read12.81 ms12.79 ms+ 0.1%
4 KB Write5.54 ms10.50 ms– 47.3%

As you can see, the HGST media caching technology truly has a significant effect on performance. It cut down the random access time, even though that’s a limitation imposed by physics.

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Random CPU Utilization

8TB Gold Random CPU Utilization

Test WD Gold (8 TB)  WD Black (6 TB) Difference
512 KB Read0.56 %0.60 %– 6.7%
512 KB Write0.57 %0.62 %– 8.1%
4 KB Read0.35 %0.43 %– 18.6%
4 KB Write0.53 %0.37 %+ 43.2%

The LSI 7101B hard disk drive controller used in the 8TB WD Gold is definitely more powerful than the LSI TT07143 controller used in the 6TB Western Digital Black. The extra processing power was certainly useful in handling the extra media caching duty.

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