Average Bench: 65.7% (146th of 984)

more Based on 2,533 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 34.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.92MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 106MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 36.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.52MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.22MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,533 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.9 Read 112 140
77.6 Write 117 147
67.4 Mixed 106 135
83.9% 112 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.26 4K Read 0.52 0.78
0.55 4K Write 1.92 2.47
0.14 4K Mixed 0.22 0.27
81.2% 0.89 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
506GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 135
Write 149
Mixed 132
104% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.66
4K Write 2.56
4K Mixed 0.27
105% 1.16 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 126
Write 133
Mixed 132
98% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 2.47
4K Mixed 0.19
98% 1.14 MB/s
167GB free
Firmware: 0A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 127
Write 109
Mixed 113
87% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.54
4K Write 2.12
4K Mixed 0.16
79% 0.94 MB/s
404GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 127
Write 108
Mixed 115
88% 117 MB/s
4K Read 0.35
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.16
70% 0.84 MB/s
626GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 109
Write 114
Mixed 106
83% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.78
4K Write 2.46
4K Mixed 0.26
107% 1.16 MB/s
681GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 89.2
Write 120
Mixed 112
81% 107 MB/s
4K Read 0.79
4K Write 2.12
4K Mixed 0.22
96% 1.04 MB/s
420GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 91.4
Write 82.4
Mixed 64.2
59% 79.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.39
4K Write 1.86
4K Mixed 0.17
70% 0.81 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $93 @ launch in Jul '14
EbayUS $7822 secs
BHPhotoUS $8013 months
AmazonUS $8111 mins
NeweggUS $856 months
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 17,671 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $378

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