In this article, we will examine the performance of four 4TB WD Reds in RAID modes 0, 5, and 10. This should give a good idea of performance outside the traditional NAS box for those of you wanting to build a storage server yourself.

Our consumer storage testing platform consists of an ASUS Z87 Pro with an Intel Core i7-4770 at the heart. Memory consists of a 4 x 4GB configuration of Corsair Dominator Platinum, which is rated at 2800MHz; I run these at 1600MHz to more accurately resemble a typical modern system. Seagate 600 Pro 200GB SSDs provide storage of the test system