Real World Speed
Performance profile from 5659 user samples
1735 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 15% 3TB free
Worst: 15% Best: 96%
SPEED RANK: 93rd / 940
3924 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 101% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 16% 189GB free
Worst: 16% Best: 101%
SPEED RANK: 121st / 940
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67.8 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
63.7 % -6%
Market Share
Based on 841,551 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.5 % -100% 1 % Hugely higher market share.
+100%
Value
Value For Money
53.1 % -11% 59 % Slightly better value.
+11%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % Slightly more popular.
+5%
57 % -5%
Price
Price (score)
$110 -15% $93 Cheaper.
+15%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
123 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+8%
114 MB/s -8%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s +5% 108 MB/s -5%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.67 MB/s -3% 0.69 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.08 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+8%
1.93 MB/s -8%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
106 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
98.2 MB/s -8%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.23 MB/s +5% 0.22 MB/s -5%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
162 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
153 MB/s -6%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s +3% 143 MB/s -3%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s -3% 0.93 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.6 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+5%
2.47 MB/s -5%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
141 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
133 MB/s -6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s 0% 0.29 MB/s 0%
Age
Newest
43 Months More recent.
+26%
58 Months -26%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 3TB
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With peak sequential read/write speeds of 140 and averages of 120 MB/s the 3TB WD Red is around 25% slower than the group leaders. If the Red is used in a NAS (Network Attached Storage), that won't make much difference because the vast majority of home networks still operate at Fast Ethernet (~10 MB/s), even users with faster Gigabit (~100 MB/s) networks will be limited by their network bandwidth before the drive. I could assume that any of our drives are for use in a NAS but that of course doesn't excuse sub-par performance because they could equally be used in a desktop. It's true that the power consumption (4.4W) on the Red is lower than average (6W) but the performance hit isn't justified. Even assuming continuous usage, those extra couple of watts for something like the Seagate Baracuda 7200.14 amount to a few pounds a year at most. At £133 this dive is both overpriced and offers sub-optimal performance. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Compared to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB there are no tangible upsides to this drive. The ONLY benefit seems to be a 2W power saving whilst the drive is active. [Nov '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive User Rankings (Charts) February 2016 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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  • - GPU tests include: DX9 and DX10 3D performance.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - 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.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
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  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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Intel Core i7-4790K $329Nvidia GTX 970 $329Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $84Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50SanDisk Extreme 64GB $32
Intel Core i7-6700K $392Nvidia GTX 980 Ti $640Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $115WD Black 1TB (2013) $69SanDisk Extreme 16GB $15
Intel Core i5-4690K $231AMD R9 390 $330Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $140Barracuda 7200.14 3TB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $21
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