Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts
- Highest sequential performance seen from a 5400 RPM HDD to date.
- Highest random / IOPS performance seen from a 5400 RPM HDD to date.
- Matured enterprise technology adopted for consumer usage, along with a hermetically sealed drive enclosure, should yield improved reliability over air-filled HDDs.
- Competitive cost/GB for consumer NAS / outstanding cost/GB for a Helium filled drive.
- Helium did not make the 8TB Red noticeably lighter (I kid – it is actually 0.22 lbs lighter!).
- Would like to see 7200 RPM consumer model (8TB Red Pro).
More 8TB Red review action coming soon!
Pricing and Availability:
Red (street pricing):
HGST He8 (in case you were curious):
- He8 8TB: $427 ($0.053/GB) (Amazon)
The 8TB Red has shown up on a few outlets, with the lowest price hovering at around $333, which is actually a lower cost/GB than the initial 6TB Red pricing.
The new 8TB Red follows the same Red: Standard Western Digital 3-year Warranty (plus 24/7 support hotline specific to Reds).
I'm extremely impressed to see Western Digital essentially repackage a Helium-filled enterprise HDD in consumer form. I'm even more impressed that they have done so while matching the cost/GB of their lower capacity air-filled models. We've seen companies like Intel do the same with their SSDs, but there is typically a price premium on the consumer product. Not so with the new 8TB Western Digital Red. Even with a slower 5400 RPM spindle speed, the new 8TB Red's larger cache and faster controller enable some performance metrics to approach 7200 RPM performance levels. With improved performance and competitive cost/GB, the only reason to overlook this product would be if you simply did not need such large capacity drives in your NAS or media server.