Over the last few months, I have been running a set of WD Red drives in my Qnap TS470. Within that time, my NAS became cluttered with tons of data that I have had backed up along with all the media that my wife and I have synchronized to the system. Since it was time for me to dump the NAS and clean out old and otherwise unwanted files, I thought there was no better time to throw these drives into the test system, setup a few RAID arrays, and see just how well they perform.
In this article, we will examine the performance of four 4TB WD Reds in RAID modes 0, 5, and 10. This should give a good idea of performance outside the traditional NAS box for those of you wanting to build a storage server yourself.
You can read the full consumer review of the WD Red 4TB HDD here.
Desktop Test System
Our consumer storage testing platform consists of an ASUS Z87 Pro with an Intel Core i7-4770 at the heart. Memory consists of a 4 x 4GB configuration of Corsair Dominator Platinum, which is rated at 2800MHz; I run these at 1600MHz to more accurately resemble a typical modern system. Seagate 600 Pro 200GB SSDs provide storage of the test system.
For this article, we used the Intel onboard RAID option rom 12.7. Benchmarks used in the process include IOMeter version 1.1.
PRICING: You can find the Western Digital Red HDD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Western Digital Red (4TB) HDD retails for $184.99 at Amazon.
New Zealand: The Western Digital Red (3TB) HDD retails for $242.99 NZD at Mighty Ape NZ.