Average Bench: 67.8% (145th of 1015)

more Based on 24,122 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 32.1% 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 2.31MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 42.1%. 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 114MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,122 samples)
Min Avg Max
72.9 Read 122 157
69.9 Write 115 146
39 Mixed 73.1 97
70.2 SusWrite 114 146
77.9% 106 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
0.9 4K Write 2.31 2.7
0.5 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%
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 142 144 145 145 145 MB/s
Read 156
Write 132
Mixed 82.5
SusWrite 144
94% 129 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
197% 1.5 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 120 124 124 123 124 MB/s
Read 116
Write 114
Mixed 79.2
SusWrite 123
79% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
189% 1.4 MB/s
230GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 84 86 86 88 88 88 MB/s
Read 104
Write 93.2
Mixed 64.2
SusWrite 86.7
64% 87 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.37 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,355,403 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $703 mins
EbayUS $8019 mins
BHPhotoUS $825 months
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Typical Red 2TB (2012) Builds (Compare 28,540 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $1,070

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