Western Digital Red Pro WD141KFGX 14TB Review (Page 11 of 11)

Page 11 - Conclusion

With Western Digital finally jumping into hard drives in the 14TB range, how did the Red Pro WD141KFGX 14TB's performance stack up? Combined with its 7,200 RPM spindle speed and packing a massive 512MB cache, the company's latest foray into the lucrative network attached storage hard drive business has a lot of potential. In a lot of ways, the Red Pro is quite similar its primary competitor, the Seagate IronWolf Pro ST14000NE0008 14TB. Both even has the same 300TB per year workload rating and a generous 5-year warranty. The WD141KFGX is marginally faster in linear read and write performance and a good portion of our workload tests likely due to its larger cache, but has a higher random access time for some reason. When installed into our network attached storage system, the WD Red Pro 14TB was slightly less power efficient than the Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB idling, but recorded the same overall system power consumption under load. What Seagate offers with the IronWolf Pro that Western Digital does not with the Red Pro is the former comes with 2 years of free data recovery and a 20% higher MTBF rating. Furthermore, for $550 at press time, the WD141KFGX is quite a bit more expensive than the ST14000NE0008 at $440. You cannot go wrong with either, as both companies offer fast, reliable, and efficient hard drives, but given the massive price difference and the minimal difference in performance, Western Digital seemed to have left a bit too much on the table for its competitor to take home your money in my opinion.

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The Western Digital Red Pro WD141KFGX 14TB is a speedy 7,200 RPM NAS drive that offers tons of storage for those who generate data to no end.


Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 7.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 3.0.1.0
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. NAS Performance, Power Consumption
11. Conclusion