Average Bench: 67% (153rd of 1015)

more Based on 24,067 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 33.0% 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 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.25MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 44.1%. 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 71.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 112MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,067 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.2 Read 121 156
63.7 Write 112 146
37 Mixed 71.3 93.9
58.8 SusWrite 112 148
76.6% 104 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.79 1
0.5 4K Write 2.25 2.7
0.5 4K Mixed 0.89 1
174% 1.31 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
915GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 125 125 126 127 126 MB/s
Read 133
Write 133
Mixed 80.8
SusWrite 125
87% 118 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
180% 1.37 MB/s
979GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 118 114 120 116 118 MB/s
Read 123
Write 113
Mixed 83.6
SusWrite 113
80% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.33 MB/s
517GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 112 112 111 113 113 MB/s
Read 112
Write 93.5
Mixed 73.9
SusWrite 112
72% 97.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
182% 1.4 MB/s
342GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 89 91 92 92 92 MB/s
Read 108
Write 98
Mixed 83.7
SusWrite 91.2
71% 95.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
184% 1.27 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,071,992 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $756 mins
OutletPCUS $7917 mins
NeweggUS $793 hrs
EbayUS $8036 mins
BHPhotoUS $823 months
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Typical Red 2TB (2012) Builds (Compare 26,708 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $1,009

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