WD Red 6TB HDD RAID 0 Performance Review

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Specifications & Test Setup

Brand Western Digital
Item Weight 753 g
Product Dimensions 14.7 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
Item model number WD60EFRX
Series WD60EFRX RED
Hard Drive Size 6 TB
Wattage 5 watts

Test Setup

CPU: Intel Core i7-6770K @ 4.5GHz
CPU Cooler: Alphacool Custom WC Kit
Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz 8GB (2x4GB)
PSU: Cooler Master V1200 1200w Platinum
OS: Windows 8.1 Professional 64 bit

Methodology:

All benchmarks are done on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit that is fully up-to-date with Windows Updates to ensure that the performance reflects a real-world scenario and not that of a tweaked benchmarking system. Every benchmark runs for a total of three times and then an average is taken of those results.

Benchmarks:

ATTO Disk Benchmark – Sequential read and write speeds
Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 – Sequential read and write speeds
4.75GB Transfer Test – Time taken in seconds to transfer files from our test system SSD; fastest wins!

2 COMMENTS

  1. I believe WD’s “Red” series HDDs have a dynamic balancing feature in the main bearings.
    Also, when one of the drives in a RAID-0 array fails, it must be replaced and the
    entire array re-built: this is not much different from the steps that must be taken
    when a single “JBOD” HDD fails. We use a lot of RAID-0 arrays, for speed, and
    we LUV them! Lastly, in future reviews, you might want to mention the ratio
    of (price) / (warranty years). Most often, the 5-year warranties excel on this metric.

  2. Why? Why only synthetic, worthless benchmarks? Of course 2 disks in RAID0 are going to have 2 times everything! We don’t need benchmarks to prove it, logic proves it!

    Why can’t there be one benchmark on the whole Internet, of HDD RAID0 vs no RAID testing real-world scenarios, with a RAID controller (and comparing hardware and software controllers)? And by real-world I don’t mean copying speed as that’s as obvious as synthetic benchmark results.

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