Average Bench: 67.7% (148th of 1015)

more Based on 25,869 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 32.2% 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 2.26MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 41.5%. 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 73MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 113MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 25,869 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.6 Read 123 156
67.5 Write 115 146
39.3 Mixed 73 94.3
68.3 SusWrite 113 146
77.9% 106 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
0.88 4K Write 2.26 2.7
0.5 4K Mixed 0.91 1
176% 1.32 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: 141 140 143 139 141 142 MB/s
Read 144
Write 128
Mixed 87.7
SusWrite 141
92% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
189% 1.37 MB/s
191GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 69 68 71 71 71 71 MB/s
Read 146
Write 146
Mixed 73
SusWrite 70.1
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1
200% 1.57 MB/s
703GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 104 105 105 105 104 MB/s
Read 94.8
Write 102
Mixed 69.8
SusWrite 104
68% 92.6 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
194% 1.4 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 110 111 112 111 113 MB/s
Read 84.8
Write 89.8
Mixed 69.5
SusWrite 111
66% 88.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
173% 1.23 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,870,593 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
OutletPCUS $7014 days
AmazonUS $7023 mins
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BHPhotoUS $827 months
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Typical Red 2TB (2012) Builds (Compare 30,728 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $1,047

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