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WD Red 10TB NAS HDD Review (Page 8)

By Tyler Bernath from Jun 26, 2017 @ 8:05 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Western Digital

Power Consumption and Final Thoughts

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Power consumption is one of the most important metrics when it comes to data storage. The WD Red 10TB has made significant gains in this category, as noted in this review. Using a 10TB WD Red drive, you can save up to 1.5 watts over the previous 8TB solution in random workloads and up to 1.75 Watts per drive in sequential workloads. In an eight-bay device, that's 14 watts or at a 0.12 per KW/h rate, $15 a year savings by increasing the capacity of your NAS.

For those coming from 4 or 6TB solutions, power consumption will change only slightly. That means you can enjoy your increase in capacity without adding much cost regarding yearly power usage. Build quality feels the same with no issues experienced in testing or since we have been using them in our DS1515.

Performance, surprisingly, rivals that of competing 7200 RPM solutions in most scenarios. 4K read showed us nearly 600 IOPS while write went just over 600 IOPs making it the quickest of the three in our chart. With sequential performance, I found the 10TB Red reaching 220 MB/s peak, 10 MB/s quicker than the 7200RPM IronWolf from Seagate. Looking at workloads, File and Web Server are two points where this drive excelled, reaching over 500 IOPS at QD32.

For most, the capacity increase over a 4 or 6TB solution would be plenty to justify the upgrade to these new 10TB Red solutions. What you gain is much more, including higher performance, more capacity, and less power consumption. With all of that said, it's hard to deny WD the honor it deserves as the best NAS drive, dollar for dollar, on the market.

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality90%
Features95%
Value96%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: WD has the right formula with its Red lineup - high performance, high capacity, and low power consumption. The Red 10TB NAS HDD gets a tick from us.

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