Average Bench: 70.5% (132nd of 1002)

more Based on 11,136 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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Good average bench

The WD Red 2TB (2012) averaged 29.5% 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 2.06MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 111MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 36.4%. 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 117MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 11,136 samples)
Min Avg Max
88.4 Read 129 170
82.1 Write 117 146
74.5 Mixed 111 139
89.2% 119 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.37 4K Read 0.68 0.87
0.67 4K Write 2.06 2.58
0.15 4K Mixed 0.23 0.29
91.8% 0.99 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 169
Write 122
Mixed 122
103% 138 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.25
101% 1.11 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 133
Write 132
Mixed 109
93% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.85
4K Write 2.04
4K Mixed 0.2
96% 1.03 MB/s
350GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 127
Write 126
Mixed 116
92% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.35
4K Write 2.13
4K Mixed 0.23
79% 0.9 MB/s
903GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 138
Write 106
Mixed 122
92% 122 MB/s
4K Read 0.59
4K Write 1.98
4K Mixed 0.18
82% 0.92 MB/s
705GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 113
Write 102
Mixed 78.5
73% 98 MB/s
4K Read 0.82
4K Write 2.22
4K Mixed 0.26
104% 1.1 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,760,799 HDDs tested.

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Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
EbayUS $7910 mins
AmazonUS $8422 mins
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Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,226

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