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WD Red Pro 5TB WD5001FFWX HDD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Setup and Methodology
  3. AS SSD and ATTO Benchmark
  4. ATTO Benchmark
  5. Futuremark Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Disk Access Test
  7. IOMETER Benchmark
  8. Transfer Tests
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links
  11. View All


Disclosure: This unit is provided by WD.

The WD Red Pro 5TB WD5001FFWX drive is 7200 RPM class whose PCB components as of the same hardware as the WD5001FZWX. But the firmware is different as Red Pro series are made keeping NAS systems with up to 16-bays in mind. I am still not sure about the platters placement between both drives, but we’ll see the drive performs. Its NASWare 3.0 is designed in a way that it should work with an existing network system. Unlike in the Black variant, WD says it uses multi-axis shock sensor which automatically detects any shock events. After that, it adjusts its read/write function to compensate for the shock and protecting the drive.

As you would like to see in ‘Pro’ labelled stuff, this drive has a five-year warranty.

Specifications: WD Red Pro 5TB WD5001FFWX and WD Black 5TB WD5001FZWX

  • Specifications 5 TB
    Hard Drive Type WD Red Pro
    Model Number WD5001FFWX
    Interface SATA 6 GB/s
    Formatted Capacity 5 TB
    Form Factor 3.5-inch
    Advanced Format (AF) Yes
    ROHS Compliant Yes
    Performance
    Data transfer rate (max)
    Buffer to host 6 GB/s
    Host to/from drive (sustained) 194 MB/s
    Performance Class (RPM) 7200-RPM Class
    Cache (MB) 128
    Reliability/Data Integrity
    Load/unload cycles 600,000
    Non-recoverable read errors per bits read <1 in 10
    Limited warranty (years) 5
    Power Management
    Average power requirements (W)
    12VDC –/+10% (A, Peak) 1.9
    Read/Write 10.6
    Idle 7.6
    Standby and Sleep 1.6
    Environmental Specifications
    Operating
    Non-operating 5 to 60
    Shock (Gs) -40 to 70
    Operating (2 ms, write) 30
    Operating (2 ms, read) 65
    Non-operating (2 ms) 300
    Acoustics (dBA)
    Idle 31
    Seek (average) 34
    Physical Dimensions
    Height (in./mm, max) 1.028/26.1
    Length (in./mm, max) 5.787/147
    Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.) 4/101.6
    Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%) 301.66/0.72
  • Specifications 5 TB
    Hard Drive Type WD Black
    Model Number WD5001FZWX
    Interface SATA 6 GB/s
    Formatted Capacity 5 TB
    Form Factor 3.5-inch
    Advanced Format (AF) Yes
    ROHS Compliant Yes
    Performance
    Data transfer rate (max)
    Buffer to host 6 GB/s
    Host to/from drive (sustained) 194 MB/s
    Performance Class (RPM) 7200-RPM Class
    Cache (MB) 128
    Reliability/Data Integrity
    Load/unload cycles 300,000
    Non-recoverable read errors per bits read <1 in 10¹⁴
    Limited warranty (years) 5
    Power Management
    Average power requirements (W)
    Read/Write 10.6
    Idle 7.6
    Standby and Sleep 1.6
    Environmental Specifications
    Operating
    Non-operating 5 to 55
    Shock (Gs) -40 to 70
    Operating (2 ms, write) 30
    Operating (2 ms, read) 65
    Non-operating (2 ms) 300
    Acoustics (dBA)
    Idle 31
    Seek (average) 34
    Physical Dimensions
    Height (in./mm, max) 1.028/26.1
    Length (in./mm, max) 5.787/147
    Width (in./mm, ± .01 in.) 4/101.6
    Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%) 301.66/0.75 ± 3%
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The load/unload cycles on the Red Pro FFWX drive is double than that found in WD Black. Also, Red Pro variants are 7,200 RPM versions while the standard Red drives are 5,400 RPM made for SOHO purposes.

As said above, the PCB uses the same hardware as its present on the previously test WD drive. The PCB uses 7 Winbond 25Q80BWVIG which contains 8 MBit storage capacity each. Next to that is the Samsung K4B1G1646G-BCK0 DDR3 1Gb chip. The main controller is an LSI TT07143 dual-core SoC.

 

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