Average Bench: 68% (144th of 1015)

more Based on 34,347 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 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 0.91MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.31MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 45.8%. 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 73.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 115MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 34,347 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.5 Read 122 164
69.5 Write 115 150
45.4 Mixed 73.8 99.8
67.6 SusWrite 115 152
78.1% 106 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
1.06 4K Write 2.31 2.8
0.5 4K Mixed 0.91 1.1
177% 1.34 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: 143 146 146 147 146 145 MB/s
Read 145
Write 131
Mixed 87.8
SusWrite 145
94% 127 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.9
179% 1.43 MB/s
670GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 131 132 132 131 132 MB/s
Read 138
Write 138
Mixed 87.7
SusWrite 131
91% 124 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.47 MB/s
824GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 118 119 119 119 119 MB/s
Read 128
Write 130
Mixed 78.7
SusWrite 118
84% 114 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.9
192% 1.53 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 113 113 114 113 111 MB/s
Read 110
Write 108
Mixed 73.5
SusWrite 112
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.3 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 0A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 128 129 129 128 129 MB/s
Read 86.5
Write 92
Mixed 82.2
SusWrite 128
72% 97.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
182% 1.37 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $193 @ launch in Jul '12
OutletPCUS $872 days
AmazonUS $8812 mins
EbayUS $9320 mins
BHPhotoUS $1096 months
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Gaming 75%
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Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $1,011

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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

7 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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