Average Bench: 69.3% (122nd of 983)

more Based on 7,083 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD20EFRX-68E, WDC WD20EFRX-68EUZN0, WD20EFRX-68EUZN, WDC WD20 EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD20 EFRX-68EUZN0, WD WD20EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD20EFRX-68A

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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Above average average bench

The WD Red 2TB (2012) averaged 30.7% 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 2.04MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 109MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 42.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Red 2TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.23MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 116MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,083 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.8 Read 125 171
74.5 Write 116 146
67 Mixed 109 140
87.8% 117 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.66 0.89
0.52 4K Write 2.04 2.56
0.15 4K Mixed 0.23 0.29
90.7% 0.98 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 179
Write 139
Mixed 136
113% 151 MB/s
4K Read 0.69
4K Write 2.52
4K Mixed 0.25
104% 1.16 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 154
Write 133
Mixed 133
105% 140 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.19
100% 1.14 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 80.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 152
Write 130
Mixed 117
99% 133 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2.48
4K Mixed 0.28
112% 1.2 MB/s
112GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 136
Write 138
Mixed 136
103% 137 MB/s
4K Read 0.87
4K Write 2.36
4K Mixed 0.25
108% 1.16 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 132
Write 122
Mixed 118
93% 124 MB/s
4K Read 0.88
4K Write 2.72
4K Mixed 0.29
119% 1.3 MB/s
723GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 109
Write 111
Mixed 105
82% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.79
4K Write 2.12
4K Mixed 0.28
103% 1.06 MB/s
102GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 113
Write 93.2
Mixed 94.6
76% 100 MB/s
4K Read 0.39
4K Write 0.39
4K Mixed 0.19
44% 0.32 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 92.4
Write 96.2
Mixed 120
78% 103 MB/s
4K Read 0.58
4K Write 1.92
4K Mixed 0.22
84% 0.91 MB/s
650GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 103
Write 79.8
Mixed 95.8
70% 92.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.09
4K Mixed 0.17
78% 0.92 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $158

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,101

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