Average Bench: 70.3% (137th of 1002)

more Based on 12,474 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 29.7% 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 111MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 39.2%. 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 0.66MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,474 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.1 Read 128 174
78.3 Write 116 145
72.5 Mixed 111 140
89.2% 119 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.34 4K Read 0.66 0.89
0.81 4K Write 2.04 2.54
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 139
Write 150
Mixed 138
107% 142 MB/s
4K Read 0.85
4K Write 2.03
4K Mixed 0.29
106% 1.06 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 130
Write 140
Mixed 137
102% 136 MB/s
4K Read 0.88
4K Write 2.54
4K Mixed 0.31
118% 1.24 MB/s
921GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 148
Write 119
Mixed 116
96% 128 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 2.09
4K Mixed 0.27
101% 1.04 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 0A80
!4KALIGNED
Read 119
Write 112
Mixed 98.6
83% 110 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.63
4K Mixed 0.21
95% 0.95 MB/s
95GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 104
Write 104
Mixed 102
78% 103 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.91
4K Mixed 0.24
95% 0.98 MB/s
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Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
EbayUS $7520 mins
AmazonUS $838 mins
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Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
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Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,238

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