Average Bench: 67.9% (138th of 1015)

more Based on 64,377 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD30EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30EFRX-68A, WDC WD30 EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68N32N0, WD30EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD30EFRX-68N, WDC WD30EFRX-68, WDC WD30EFRX-68E, WDC WD30EFRX-68N32N0, WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0, WD WD30EFRX-68EUZN0

With peak sequential read/write speeds of 140 and averages of 120 MB/s the 3TB WD Red is around 25% slower than the group leaders. If the Red is used in a NAS (Network Attached Storage), that won't make much difference because the vast majority of home networks still operate at Fast Ethernet (~10 MB/s), even users with faster Gigabit (~100 MB/s) networks will be limited by their network bandwidth before the drive. I could assume that any of our drives are for use in a NAS but that of course doesn't excuse sub-par performance because they could equally be used in a desktop. It's true that the power consumption (4.4W) on the Red is lower than average (6W) but the performance hit isn't justified. Even assuming continuous usage, those extra couple of watts for something like the Seagate Baracuda 7200.14 amount to a few pounds a year at most. At £133 this dive is both overpriced and offers sub-optimal performance. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

Above average average bench

The WD Red 3TB (2012) averaged 32.0% 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 0.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.3MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 45.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Red 3TB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 74.6MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 113MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 64,377 samples)
Min Avg Max
70.2 Read 122 162
66.1 Write 113 148
42.2 Mixed 74.6 98.4
67 SusWrite 114 149
78% 106 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
1 4K Write 2.3 2.71
0.59 4K Mixed 0.9 1
176% 1.33 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: 133 134 134 135 133 134 MB/s
Read 136
Write 120
Mixed 80.5
SusWrite 134
86% 118 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.43 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 128 127 129 128 129 MB/s
Read 140
Write 139
Mixed 78.1
SusWrite 128
89% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
180% 1.4 MB/s
578GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 124 122 123 124 123 MB/s
Read 133
Write 84.2
Mixed 74.6
SusWrite 122
76% 103 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.27 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $193 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $759 days
BHPhotoUS $1092 years
EbayUS $1257 mins
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Typical Red 3TB (2012) Builds (Compare 100,466 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 99%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $1,067

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 Comments

Designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems...

Features

  • No other drive is designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems.
  • Our exclusive technology, NASware™, makes WD Red thrive in the demanding small-NAS environment.
  • We keep power consumption low which keeps your NAS system happy and your wallet, too.

Specs

  • Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Buffer Size 64 MB
  • Capacity 3 TB
  • MTBF 1,000,000 hours
  • Idle 4.10 Watts
  • active 4.40 Watts
  • Standby 0.60 Watts
  • Sleep 0.60 Watts
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Below average

7 years ago.

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Above average

9 years ago.

This should only be used in a NAS, its strong points are low operating temperature and power consumption, quiet operation and longevity. On the downside it's not particularly performant under heavy IO loads.


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