Page 11 - Conclusion
If the Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 4TB was a winning formula for a network attached storage system hard drive, then what makes the Western Digital Red WD60EFRX 6TB? Being a larger capacity model with the latest NASware 3.0 firmware, it is hard to see why the newest in the lineup is not yet another winner -- because it is. From an LPSE perspective (Of course, sans the looks, but at least I like red stickers), after going through the last eight pages of testing, it is easy to see why. In terms of price, the WD60EFRX retails for around $250 at press time, which is $50 cheaper than the Western Digital Red Pro WD6001FFWX 6TB. In terms of speed, with its high density 1.2TB platters, it delivered performance in matters where it is relevant. For all intents and purposes, unless you are doing some heavy lifting with your NAS, the WD60EFRX is a very capable drive. It was consistently faster than the WD40EFRX, and in a number of tests, it even beat out the Red Pro WD4001FFSX, which is impressive. In terms of efficiency, this is where the Red series continue to shine. While idling, it consumed the same amount of power as the four platter WD40EFRX. Under load, it used 2W per drive more than its smaller brother, but this is a five platter drive, and it was quite a bit faster in our tests. To add the icing on the cake, the NASware 3.0 equipped WD60EFRX can be installed in network attached storage systems with up to eight drives, compared to only five with NASware 2.0 equipped models. At the end of the day, the Western Digital Red WD60EFRX 6TB is no Red Pro WD6001FFWX 6TB in raw speed. Let us not pretend otherwise. But it uses half the power, priced considerably lower, and still delivers more than enough speed for most applications out there. This, my friend, is what I call a winning combination -- LPSE style.
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The Western Digital Red WD60EFRX 6TB continues to be a winning formula is striking an optimal balance between speed, capacity, reliability, and affordability for network attached storage systems.
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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 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 220.127.116.11
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. NAS Performance, Power Consumption