Average Bench: 67.3% (143rd of 1015)

more Based on 68,726 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD30EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68EUZN0, WD30EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD30EFRX-68N, WDC WD30EFRX-68, WDC WD30EFRX-68E, WDC WD30EFRX-68N32N0, WDC WD30EFRX-68A, WDC WD30 EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68N32N0, WDC WD30EFRX-00Z5HB0, WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0, WD WD30EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30EFRX-60EUZN0

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 32.6% 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 2.35MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 45.6%. 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 114MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 68,726 samples)
Min Avg Max
72.9 Read 120 160
65.5 Write 114 147
41.3 Mixed 74.6 99
67.4 SusWrite 115 150
77.7% 106 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.81 1
1.1 4K Write 2.35 2.8
0.6 4K Mixed 0.91 1
178% 1.35 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
3TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 144 145 142 145 143 MB/s
Read 154
Write 134
Mixed 76.6
SusWrite 144
93% 127 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1
200% 1.57 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 137 138 137 138 137 MB/s
Read 125
Write 121
Mixed 81.5
SusWrite 137
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.47 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 138 140 142 141 141 141 MB/s
Read 120
Write 120
Mixed 88.2
SusWrite 141
86% 117 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
182% 1.4 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 99 107 107 108 106 MB/s
Read 130
Write 109
Mixed 68.7
SusWrite 105
76% 103 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.47 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $193 @ launch in Jul '12
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Gaming 78%
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Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 74%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $642

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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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Above average

11 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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