WD Black 6TB Review – Test Setup
In testing the WD Black 6TB (WD6001FZWX) hard drive, I installed it on my Asrock X99 Extreme6/3.1 system powered with an Intel Core i7-5930K processor. Do not worry if you are using a mainstream or lower end system. As long as you plug the drive to a SATA 6 Gbps port (AHCI), you should still be able to get similar performance.
Operating System: Windows 7 64bit
Motherboard: Asrock X99 Extreme6/3.1
Processor: Intel Core i7-5930K
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61
Memory: KLEVV Cras 16GB DDR4-3000
Graphics card: Zotac GTX 950 AMP! Edition
Storage Drives: Plextor M6e Black Edition (OS Drive)
Power Supply: Seasonic 1050W Platinum
Chassis: DimasTech Bench Table Easy V3.0
Noise and Temperature
The WD Black 6TB is a high performance hard drive, and this means that it does produce more heat and noise (not to mention consumes more power as well) compared to the WD Red, Blue and Green HDD lineup. If you plan to install it within your system’s chassis, be sure to use anti-vibration screws or rubber damper to help minimize the noise due to vibration. The drive can get hot as well, specially during prolonged usage. Based on my test, operating temperature is around 42°-46° Degree Celsius. It may go up if your system has no or poor air flow or ventilation. Installing a fan to cool the drive is always recommended to keep the drive’s temperature down.
Proceed to the next page for the benchmark results.