Average Bench: 68.6% (137th of 1010)

more Based on 21,708 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 31.3% 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 0.92MB/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 47.4%. 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 74.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 115MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,708 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.5 Read 124 162
70.3 Write 116 151
45.8 Mixed 74.8 100
69.9 SusWrite 115 155
79% 107 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 1
1.28 4K Write 2.34 2.8
0.69 4K Mixed 0.92 1.1
180% 1.36 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 158 160 161 161 161 MB/s
Read 165
Write 157
Mixed 109
SusWrite 160
109% 148 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1
204% 1.63 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 157 158 158 158 160 160 MB/s
Read 166
Write 155
Mixed 93.4
SusWrite 158
105% 143 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
216% 1.63 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: 82.00A82
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 116 118 119 119 119 MB/s
Read 130
Write 104
Mixed 71.7
SusWrite 118
78% 106 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
184% 1.43 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 111 112 112 112 112 MB/s
Read 92.7
Write 86.1
Mixed 59.5
SusWrite 111
64% 87.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
168% 1.23 MB/s
152GB free
Firmware: 0A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 73 75 75 81 83 81 MB/s
Read 75.5
Write 75.3
Mixed 54.3
SusWrite 78
52% 70.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
178% 1.33 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $193 @ launch in Jul '12
AmazonUS $9615 mins
NeweggUS $1064 hrs
BHPhotoUS $1072 months
EbayUS $10846 mins
OutletPCUS $10924 mins
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Gaming 93%
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $993

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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

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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