Average Bench: 68.2% (140th of 1015)

more Based on 28,442 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 31.8% 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 0.92MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.34MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Red 3TB (2012) is 44.6%. 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 73.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 114MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 28,442 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.8 Read 122 163
69.2 Write 114 150
47.4 Mixed 73.5 96.7
72.1 SusWrite 116 153
77.9% 106 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.81 1
1.3 4K Write 2.34 2.8
0.7 4K Mixed 0.92 1
179% 1.36 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
3TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 140 143 143 144 144 142 MB/s
Read 153
Write 148
Mixed 91.1
SusWrite 143
98% 134 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
195% 1.47 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 127 130 132 132 131 MB/s
Read 153
Write 130
Mixed 88.5
SusWrite 129
92% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.8
158% 1.27 MB/s
165GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 85 86 85 86 85 85 MB/s
Read 111
Write 90
Mixed 71
SusWrite 85.2
66% 89.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.9
182% 1.43 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $193 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $9417 mins
OutletPCUS $977 hrs
EbayUS $1061 min
BHPhotoUS $10922 days
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Gaming
Gaming 92%
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $1,072

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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

5 years ago.

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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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