Average Bench: 67% (151st of 1015)

more Based on 33,908 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]

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Above average average bench

The WD Red 2TB (2012) averaged 32.9% 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 0.91MB/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 43%. 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 73.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 112MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 33,908 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.7 Read 121 156
68.3 Write 113 145
41.7 Mixed 73.2 94
68 SusWrite 112 146
77.1% 105 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
1.2 4K Write 2.32 2.7
0.7 4K Mixed 0.91 1
177% 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: 137 141 144 144 146 145 MB/s
Read 150
Write 140
Mixed 88.2
SusWrite 143
96% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.43 MB/s
183GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 134 135 134 135 134 MB/s
Read 138
Write 131
Mixed 87.1
SusWrite 134
90% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.37 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 127 130 127 129 126 MB/s
Read 120
Write 110
Mixed 76.8
SusWrite 128
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
191% 1.43 MB/s
634GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 98 97 100 98 99 MB/s
Read 106
Write 104
Mixed 69.5
SusWrite 97.9
69% 94.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
189% 1.4 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 90 96 96 96 96 MB/s
Read 97.5
Write 95.5
Mixed 75
SusWrite 94.6
67% 90.7 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
194% 1.4 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 27,046,719 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
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Typical Red 2TB (2012) Builds (Compare 40,888 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $1,063

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