Average Bench: 66.2% (155th of 1015)

more Based on 55,047 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD20EFRX-68E, WDC WD20EFRX-68EUZNO, WDC WD20EFRX-68EUZN0, WD20EFRX-68EUZN, WDC WD20EFRX-60EUZN0, 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]

Above average average bench

The WD Red 2TB (2012) averaged 33.7% 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 2.3MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 45.7%. 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 73.1MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 55,047 samples)
Min Avg Max
70.8 Read 121 158
60.1 Write 111 144
38.2 Mixed 73.1 93.4
53 SusWrite 110 147
76.1% 104 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.49 4K Read 0.79 1
0.99 4K Write 2.3 2.7
0.5 4K Mixed 0.9 1
175% 1.33 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
SusWrite @10s intervals: 146 145 146 148 148 147 MB/s
Read 156
Write 132
Mixed 90.9
SusWrite 147
97% 131 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.43 MB/s
659GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 124 127 126 128 127 MB/s
Read 130
Write 116
Mixed 85.3
SusWrite 126
84% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.43 MB/s
202GB free
Firmware: 80.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 67 70 70 72 72 71 MB/s
Read 122
Write 118
Mixed 25.1
SusWrite 70.4
61% 84.1 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
177% 1.27 MB/s
168GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 70 69 73 69 74 74 MB/s
Read 102
Write 92.5
Mixed 61.7
SusWrite 71.3
60% 81.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.8
162% 1.3 MB/s
590GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 62 63 61 62 61 60 MB/s
Read 60.2
Write 54
Mixed 52.7
SusWrite 61.5
42% 57.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.6
121% 0.97 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $116 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $703 months
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Gaming 100%
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Desktop
Desktop 88%
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Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $1,080

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