Average Bench: 69.8% (120th of 984)

more Based on 8,690 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 30.1% 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

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 39.4%. 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. 4K Random Read Speed 0.65MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,690 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.5 Read 127 171
77 Write 116 146
70.9 Mixed 109 138
88.3% 118 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.65 0.89
0.85 4K Write 2.04 2.53
0.14 4K Mixed 0.23 0.29
90.1% 0.97 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 138
Write 123
Mixed 116
94% 126 MB/s
4K Read 0.65
4K Write 2.55
4K Mixed 0.21
98% 1.14 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 116
Write 100
Mixed 98.7
79% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.74
4K Write 2.32
4K Mixed 0.29
106% 1.12 MB/s
236GB free
Firmware: 80.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 113
Write 91.1
Mixed 97.6
76% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 0.41
4K Mixed 0.18
49% 0.37 MB/s
885GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 78.5
Write 74.9
Mixed 72.4
57% 75.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.55
4K Write 1.55
4K Mixed 0.17
71% 0.76 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,112

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