Average Bench: 66.6% (151st of 1010)

more Based on 16,569 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD20EFRX-68E, WDC WD20EFRX-68EUZN0, WD20EFRX-68EUZN, WDC WD20 EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD20 EFRX-68EUZN0, WD WD20EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD20EFRX-68A, WDC WD20EFRX-68G1SN0

The 2TB version of WD's Red NAS range of hard drives has a performance profile that is similar to that of its larger 3TB sibling. Both drives lag behind the group average significantly in terms of overall performance. With an average read speed of 108 MB/s the 2TB Red is 36% slower than the group leaders which manage an average of 147 MB/s. There is a huge amount of hype around the "NAS" aspects of these drives but there is very little substance in terms of specific characteristics that make this drive better suited to a NAS than any other. The obvious factors such as energy efficiency and operating temperature are only marginally improved on these drives. I would personally prefer one of the far better performing Seagate Barracudas as when looking at a direct comparison of the Barracuda vs the Red it's clear that the performance of the Barracuda is better across the board. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Red 2TB (2012) averaged 33.3% 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 0.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.32MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 41%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Red 2TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 72.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 111MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 16,569 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.6 Read 120 157
66 Write 112 145
37.5 Mixed 72.8 95.8
63.8 SusWrite 111 147
76.6% 104 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.79 0.9
1.4 4K Write 2.32 2.7
0.6 4K Mixed 0.9 1
176% 1.34 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
SusWrite @10s intervals: 142 142 144 143 142 144 MB/s
Read 143
Write 141
Mixed 85
SusWrite 143
94% 128 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
197% 1.5 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 136 137 139 138 139 139 MB/s
Read 135
Write 146
Mixed 95
SusWrite 138
95% 129 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.9
177% 1.4 MB/s
189GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 128 120 134 134 135 135 MB/s
Read 135
Write 132
Mixed 74.5
SusWrite 131
87% 118 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
180% 1.37 MB/s
581GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 52 107 81 105 134 MB/s
Read 127
Write 121
Mixed 72.8
SusWrite 93.3
76% 104 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1
186% 1.3 MB/s
264GB free
Firmware: 80.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 108 107 107 108 109 MB/s
Read 110
Write 105
Mixed 71.5
SusWrite 107
72% 98.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
180% 1.4 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,407,937 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
EbayUS $838 mins
AmazonUS $8623 mins
BHPhotoUS $8711 hrs
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Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $982

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