Average Bench: 69.1% (122nd of 979)

more Based on 4,634 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD30EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30EFRX-68A, WDC WD30 EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD30EFRX-68, WDC WD30EFRX-68E, 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 30.9% 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 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 3TB (2012) is 39.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Red 3TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.23MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 115MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,634 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.5 Read 126 174
77 Write 115 147
70.9 Mixed 109 141
87.4% 116 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.35 4K Read 0.66 0.89
0.93 4K Write 2.04 2.51
0.15 4K Mixed 0.23 0.29
90.3% 0.98 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
684GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 167
Write 130
Mixed 135
108% 144 MB/s
4K Read 0.59
4K Write 2.46
4K Mixed 0.28
101% 1.11 MB/s
394GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 103
Write 92.2
Mixed 98.2
74% 97.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.49
4K Write 1.54
4K Mixed 0.22
73% 0.75 MB/s
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Workstation 62%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $205

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $998

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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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Good

2 years ago.

good performance


Below average

3 years ago.

Review  www.storagereview.com/...

Editors Choice (for a NAS).

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Above average

4 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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