Average Bench: 67.6% (147th of 1015)

more Based on 58,970 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 32.3% 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 2.33MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 47.5%. 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 74.4MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 113MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 58,970 samples)
Min Avg Max
70.5 Read 122 163
66.9 Write 114 149
45.8 Mixed 74.4 96.5
67.3 SusWrite 113 150
77.9% 106 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
1.5 4K Write 2.33 2.8
0.7 4K Mixed 0.91 1
178% 1.35 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: 151 150 151 150 150 151 MB/s
Read 162
Write 150
Mixed 78.2
SusWrite 150
99% 135 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
170% 1.23 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 132 133 135 134 134 MB/s
Read 152
Write 126
Mixed 73.7
SusWrite 133
89% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
189% 1.37 MB/s
691GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 106 107 107 108 107 MB/s
Read 160
Write 147
Mixed 99.4
SusWrite 106
94% 128 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
207% 1.6 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 117 121 117 107 122 MB/s
Read 110
Write 101
Mixed 57.8
SusWrite 116
71% 96.4 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
188% 1.47 MB/s
15GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 123 130 130 131 132 MB/s
Read 87.9
Write 94.1
Mixed 60.1
SusWrite 128
68% 92.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.47 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $193 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $7619 days
OutletPCUS $999 months
BHPhotoUS $10921 months
EbayUS $1295 mins
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Workstation 96%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,065

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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

8 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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