Average Bench: 113% (1st of 1015)

more Based on 1,221 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD121KRYZ-01, WDC WD121KRYZ-01W0RB1, WDC WD121KRYZ-01W0RB0, WDC WD12 1KRYZ-01W0RB, WDC WD12 1KRYZ-01W0RB0, WDC WD121KRYZ-01W0RB

Outstanding average bench

The WD Gold 12TB (2017) averaged 12.7% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Gold 12TB (2017) near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.28MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 5.22MB/s

Poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Gold 12TB (2017) is 65.7%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the WD Gold 12TB (2017) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 96.1MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 194MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 1,221 samples)
Min Avg Max
122 Read 197 241
122 Write 197 243
67.8 Mixed 96.1 121
115 SusWrite 194 242
125% 171 MB/s
Min Avg Max
1.1 4K Read 1.58 2.96
4.1 4K Write 5.22 5.97
0.94 4K Mixed 1.28 1.6
305% 2.69 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
11TB free
Firmware: 01.01H01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 254 239 250 243 250 253 MB/s
Read 241
Write 239
Mixed 107
SusWrite 248
152% 209 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 5.6
4K Mixed 1.3
311% 2.8 MB/s
7TB free
Firmware: 01.01H01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 233 227 227 228 233 236 MB/s
Read 195
Write 200
Mixed 94
SusWrite 231
131% 180 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 5.4
4K Mixed 1.2
292% 2.67 MB/s
128GB free
Firmware: 01.01H01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 136 136 136 131 134 137 MB/s
Read 123
Write 137
Mixed 87.1
SusWrite 135
89% 121 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 5.9
4K Mixed 1.3
312% 2.87 MB/s
10TB free
Firmware: 01.01H01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 117 121 121 116 115 MB/s
Read 115
Write 127
Mixed 77.7
SusWrite 117
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 5.5
4K Mixed 1.4
303% 2.67 MB/s
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Typical Gold 12TB (2017) Builds (Compare 3,725 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 200%
Desktop 104%
Workstation 222%

Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTER - $370

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $1,618

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6 months ago.

big and fast that what she said


2 years ago.

big and fast


2 years ago.

The fastest and highest capacity HDD in the market currently. Liked that naming scheme but most users aren't going to see advantages of very high capacity HDD as this HDD is intended for storing huge amount of data and is very pricey.


2 years ago.

The best HD, but for specific use only because it is too expensive.


2 years ago.



23 months ago.

And now in an 18TB version for under $600.

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