Average Bench: 68.7% (149th of 1010)

more Based on 17,588 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 31.2% 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 0.68MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.23MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 46.2%. 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 86.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 114MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 17,588 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.5 Read 123 163
68.9 Write 116 149
41.1 Mixed 86.2 134
64.4 SusWrite 114 150
80.8% 110 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.75 1
1.03 4K Write 2.23 2.7
0.18 4K Mixed 0.68 1
148% 1.22 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 167 169 168 170 168 170 MB/s
Read 161
Write 160
Mixed 89.5
SusWrite 169
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.2
231% 1.73 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 122 121 125 123 93 MB/s
Read 124
Write 136
Mixed 85.2
SusWrite 117
85% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.9
158% 1.1 MB/s
193GB free
Firmware: 80.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 93 91 92 90 101 MB/s
Read 56.3
Write 93
Mixed 62.3
SusWrite 92.8
56% 76.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.7
138% 1.1 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $193 @ launch in Jul '12
EbayUS $9825 mins
AmazonUS $1082 mins
BHPhotoUS $1081 hr
NeweggUS $1081 hr
OutletPCUS $1169 hrs
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Typical Red 3TB (2012) Builds (Compare 21,840 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Outstanding Total price: $1,125

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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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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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