Average Bench: 79.5% (74th of 984)

Based on 247 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD50EFRX-68MYMN1, WDC WD50 EFRX-68MYMN1, WDC WD50EFRX-68M, WDC WD50EFRX-68L0BN1, WDC WD50 EFRX-68L0BN1

Good average bench

The WD Red 5TB (2014) averaged 20.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Red 5TB (2014) near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.22MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 147MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 5TB (2014) is 45.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Red 5TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.24MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.7MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 247 samples)
Min Avg Max
97.1 Read 147 197
85.9 Write 130 163
74.1 Mixed 123 157
100% 133 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.7 0.98
0.86 4K Write 2.22 2.85
0.13 4K Mixed 0.24 0.31
97.2% 1.05 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
4.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 148
Write 159
Mixed 148
114% 152 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.61
4K Mixed 0.31
120% 1.27 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 143
Write 154
Mixed 149
112% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.86
4K Mixed 0.29
123% 1.35 MB/s
349GB free
Firmware: 0A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 166
Write 123
Mixed 134
106% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.45
4K Write 2.44
4K Mixed 0.26
92% 1.05 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 142
Write 136
Mixed 140
105% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2.08
4K Mixed 0.16
91% 1.02 MB/s
752GB free
Firmware: 82.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 121
Write 94.1
Mixed 114
83% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.54
4K Write 0.87
4K Mixed 0.17
57% 0.52 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,252,025 HDDs tested.


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Typical Red 5TB (2014) Builds (Compare 2,185 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 112%
Desktop 114%
Workstation 82%
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Motherboard: Asus Z170-DELUXE - $303

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 106% - Outstanding Total price: $1,618

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