Average Bench: 70.4% (116th of 984)

more Based on 11,222 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]


Good average bench

The WD Red 2TB (2012) averaged 29.6% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.05MB/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 37.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Red 2TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.23MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 118MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 11,222 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.9 Read 128 172
79.8 Write 118 147
69.6 Mixed 111 140
89.1% 119 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.36 4K Read 0.68 0.89
0.72 4K Write 2.05 2.52
0.16 4K Mixed 0.23 0.29
92.2% 0.99 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
Read 139
Write 145
Mixed 139
106% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.87
4K Write 2.56
4K Mixed 0.3
117% 1.24 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 151
Write 94.8
Mixed 106
88% 117 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.17
4K Mixed 0.2
91% 1.02 MB/s
931GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 116
Write 108
Mixed 109
84% 111 MB/s
4K Read 0.74
4K Write 2.48
4K Mixed 0.29
108% 1.17 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,252,025 HDDs tested.


Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $846 mins
EbayUS $8417 mins
BHPhotoUS $844 hrs
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Gaming 94%
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Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 65%
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Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 87% - Excellent Total price: $1,165

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