Average Bench: 65.7% (157th of 1010)

more Based on 19,739 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD30EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30EFRX-68A, WDC WD30 EFRX-68EUZN0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68AX9N0, WDC WD30 EFRX-68N32N0, 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]

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Above average average bench

The WD Red 3TB (2012) averaged 34.2% 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 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.25MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 46.5%. 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 71.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,739 samples)
Min Avg Max
68 Read 118 158
65.5 Write 110 147
37.7 Mixed 71.5 97.8
63.7 SusWrite 111 149
75.4% 103 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
0.7 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%
2.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 140 146 150 150 147 MB/s
Read 132
Write 130
Mixed 40.2
SusWrite 146
81% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 0.4
4K Mixed 0.5
100% 0.6 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 133 135 135 134 134 MB/s
Read 138
Write 138
Mixed 95.8
SusWrite 134
93% 126 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
197% 1.5 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 141 145 145 144 143 144 MB/s
Read 108
Write 106
Mixed 84.5
SusWrite 144
82% 111 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
191% 1.4 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 0A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 131 131 132 132 130 MB/s
Read 122
Write 106
Mixed 43
SusWrite 130
73% 100 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 0.3
4K Mixed 0.5
94% 0.53 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 114 112 113 115 114 MB/s
Read 125
Write 117
Mixed 76.7
SusWrite 114
79% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.9
183% 1.47 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $193 @ launch in Jul '12
EbayUS $902 mins
AmazonUS $10717 mins
BHPhotoUS $10912 hrs
NeweggUS $10912 hrs
OutletPCUS $12321 hrs
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Gaming 93%
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Desktop
Desktop 84%
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Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $982

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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

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Above average

6 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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