Average Bench: 66.1% (158th of 1010)

more Based on 18,092 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD30EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30EFRX-68A, WDC WD30 EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68N32N0, WDC WD30EFRX-68, WDC WD30EFRX-68E, WDC WD30EFRX-68N32N0, WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0, WD WD30EFRX-68EUZN0

With peak sequential read/write speeds of 140 and averages of 120 MB/s the 3TB WD Red is around 25% slower than the group leaders. If the Red is used in a NAS (Network Attached Storage), that won't make much difference because the vast majority of home networks still operate at Fast Ethernet (~10 MB/s), even users with faster Gigabit (~100 MB/s) networks will be limited by their network bandwidth before the drive. I could assume that any of our drives are for use in a NAS but that of course doesn't excuse sub-par performance because they could equally be used in a desktop. It's true that the power consumption (4.4W) on the Red is lower than average (6W) but the performance hit isn't justified. Even assuming continuous usage, those extra couple of watts for something like the Seagate Baracuda 7200.14 amount to a few pounds a year at most. At £133 this dive is both overpriced and offers sub-optimal performance. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Red 3TB (2012) averaged 33.9% 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 0.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.28MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 46.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Red 3TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 72.7MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 18,092 samples)
Min Avg Max
70.3 Read 120 162
68.4 Write 112 148
39.4 Mixed 72.7 96.8
61.1 SusWrite 110 151
76.2% 104 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.79 1
0.88 4K Write 2.28 2.8
0.5 4K Mixed 0.9 1
176% 1.33 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
717GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 131 131 132 132 133 MB/s
Read 145
Write 102
Mixed 82.2
SusWrite 132
85% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
191% 1.43 MB/s
659GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 81 81 81 82 81 MB/s
Read 118
Write 120
Mixed 85.5
SusWrite 80.7
75% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
190% 1.47 MB/s
352GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 79 79 78 80 77 MB/s
Read 98
Write 99.8
Mixed 52
SusWrite 78.4
60% 82.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.8
158% 1.3 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $193 @ launch in Jul '12
EbayUS $9820 mins
AmazonUS $1053 mins
NeweggUS $10510 hrs
BHPhotoUS $10711 hrs
OutletPCUS $11718 hrs
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Typical Red 3TB (2012) Builds (Compare 23,940 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 94% - Outstanding Total price: $1,079

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 Comments

Designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems...

Features

  • No other drive is designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems.
  • Our exclusive technology, NASware™, makes WD Red thrive in the demanding small-NAS environment.
  • We keep power consumption low which keeps your NAS system happy and your wallet, too.

Specs

  • Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Buffer Size 64 MB
  • Capacity 3 TB
  • MTBF 1,000,000 hours
  • Idle 4.10 Watts
  • active 4.40 Watts
  • Standby 0.60 Watts
  • Sleep 0.60 Watts
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Below average

4 years ago.

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Editors Choice (for a NAS).

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Above average

5 years ago.

This should only be used in a NAS, its strong points are low operating temperature and power consumption, quiet operation and longevity. On the downside it's not particularly performant under heavy IO loads.


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