Average Bench: 68.4% (126th of 979)

more Based on 5,732 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 31.6% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.04MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 108MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 38.6%. 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 113MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,732 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.1 Read 125 166
78.5 Write 113 145
67.1 Mixed 108 139
86.8% 115 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.32 4K Read 0.65 0.89
0.83 4K Write 2.04 2.54
0.15 4K Mixed 0.23 0.29
90.4% 0.97 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 181
Write 149
Mixed 142
118% 157 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.54
4K Mixed 0.27
106% 1.17 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 156
Write 144
Mixed 144
111% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.85
4K Write 2.63
4K Mixed 0.25
112% 1.24 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 162
Write 126
Mixed 109
99% 132 MB/s
4K Read 0.85
4K Write 2.44
4K Mixed 0.28
111% 1.19 MB/s
34GB free
Firmware: 82.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 131
Write 118
Mixed 113
91% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.85
4K Write 2.41
4K Mixed 0.27
110% 1.18 MB/s
771GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 129
Write 116
Mixed 104
87% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.47
4K Write 1.95
4K Mixed 0.16
73% 0.86 MB/s
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Workstation 69%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $207

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 109% - Outstanding Total price: $774

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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

3 years ago.

good performance


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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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