Average Bench: 70.5% (134th of 1002)

more Based on 15,174 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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Good average bench

The WD Red 3TB (2012) averaged 29.4% 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 2.1MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 111MB/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 117MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,174 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.4 Read 128 169
76.9 Write 117 149
70 Mixed 111 144
89.3% 119 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.37 4K Read 0.67 0.91
1.22 4K Write 2.1 2.62
0.16 4K Mixed 0.23 0.29
92.2% 1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 160
Write 128
Mixed 105
98% 131 MB/s
4K Read 0.64
4K Write 2.02
4K Mixed 0.26
94% 0.98 MB/s
729GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 143
Write 142
Mixed 138
106% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.82
4K Write 2.47
4K Mixed 0.28
111% 1.19 MB/s
784GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 112
Write 99
Mixed 96.1
77% 102 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.17
4K Mixed 0.24
92% 1 MB/s
541GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 92.1
Write 76.3
Mixed 84.9
64% 84.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.32
4K Write 1.77
4K Mixed 0.13
61% 0.74 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $193 @ launch in Jul '12
EbayUS $9510 mins
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Gaming
Gaming 94%
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Desktop
Desktop 85%
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Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,231

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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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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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