Real World Speed
Performance profile from 38,338 user samples
5,872 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 1TB free
Poor: 46% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 122nd / 979
32,466 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 884GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 32nd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
69.2 % -29% 89.2 % Faster effective speed.
+29%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
126 MB/s -28% 161 MB/s Faster read speed.
+28%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
115 MB/s -30% 150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+30%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s -2% 0.66 MB/s +2%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2 MB/s Much faster random write.
+32%
1.51 MB/s -32%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s -26% 137 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.23 MB/s -9% 0.25 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+9%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
169 MB/s -18% 200 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+18%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s -28% 186 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+28%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s -11% 0.99 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+11%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.54 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+44%
1.77 MB/s -44%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
140 MB/s -26% 176 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s -34% 0.39 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+34%
Market Share
Based on 4,044,069 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.26 % -442% 1.41 % Hugely higher market share.
+442%
Value
Value For Money
48.4 % -96% 94.8 % Hugely better value.
+96%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % -23% 65 % More popular.
+23%
Price
Price (score)
$82 -1% $81 +1%
Age
Newest
58 Months Slightly more recent.
+15%
68 Months -15%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 3TB
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The 2TB version of WD's Red NAS range of hard drives has a performance profile that is similar to that of its larger 3TB sibling. Both drives lag behind the group average significantly in terms of overall performance. With an average read speed of 108 MB/s the 2TB Red is 36% slower than the group leaders which manage an average of 147 MB/s. There is a huge amount of hype around the "NAS" aspects of these drives but there is very little substance in terms of specific characteristics that make this drive better suited to a NAS than any other. The obvious factors such as energy efficiency and operating temperature are only marginally improved on these drives. I would personally prefer one of the far better performing Seagate Barracudas as when looking at a direct comparison of the Barracuda vs the Red it's clear that the performance of the Barracuda is better across the board. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 2017 HDD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $309Nvidia GTX 1070 $368Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $98
Intel Core i5-7600K $240AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $129
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $300Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $156
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $136SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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