Average Bench: 66% (158th of 1015)

more Based on 32,153 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD20EFRX-68E, 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 33.9% 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 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.28MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 2TB (2012) is 44.5%. 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 71.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 111MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 32,153 samples)
Min Avg Max
68.4 Read 119 158
65.7 Write 111 144
41.6 Mixed 71.8 92.6
61.9 SusWrite 111 147
75.8% 103 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.78 1
0.9 4K Write 2.28 2.74
0.5 4K Mixed 0.89 1
174% 1.32 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
824GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 117 117 118 118 117 MB/s
Read 135
Write 132
Mixed 78.5
SusWrite 116
85% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
190% 1.47 MB/s
837GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 128 114 122 121 130 123 MB/s
Read 127
Write 135
Mixed 70.2
SusWrite 123
83% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 0.9
183% 1.5 MB/s
7GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 27 25 29 37 36 38 MB/s
Read 27
Write 42.5
Mixed 20.8
SusWrite 32.1
22% 30.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.4
76% 0.57 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 23,065,927 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $116 @ launch in Jul '12
OutletPCUS $705 days
AmazonUS $7915 mins
BHPhotoUS $8211 months
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Typical Red 2TB (2012) Builds (Compare 35,538 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $967

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