Average Bench: 65.7% (160th of 1010)

more Based on 3,357 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20PURX-89P

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 34.2% 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 Mixed IO Speed 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.16MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 45.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 60.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 112MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,357 samples)
Min Avg Max
72.4 Read 117 152
69.8 Write 115 148
29 Mixed 60.5 76.5
63.8 SusWrite 112 148
74% 101 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.49 4K Read 0.71 0.9
0.8 4K Write 2.16 2.7
0.4 4K Mixed 0.89 1
168% 1.25 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
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 135 138 138 138 138 MB/s
Read 124
Write 121
Mixed 66
SusWrite 137
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.37 MB/s
457GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 130 132 134 134 134 MB/s
Read 127
Write 126
Mixed 62.8
SusWrite 132
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.47 MB/s
394GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 106 108 104 104 108 107 MB/s
Read 146
Write 151
Mixed 64.5
SusWrite 106
85% 117 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.37 MB/s
856GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 44 69 90 73 85 113 MB/s
Read 87.5
Write 115
Mixed 34.2
SusWrite 79.1
57% 79 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.5
120% 1.07 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,292,318 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $93 @ launch in Jul '14
EbayUS $5413 hrs
AmazonUS $7913 hrs
BHPhotoUS $8020 months
NeweggUS $8513 months
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 27,478 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 58%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $366

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