Real World Speed
Performance profile from 121,164 user samples
48,097 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 84% 920GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 183GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 84%
SPEED RANK: 146th / 1002
73,067 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 2.5TB free
Poor: 59% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
68.4 % 87.7 % Faster effective speed.
+28%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
110 MB/s 158 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+44%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s 148 MB/s Faster write speed.
+16%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.61 MB/s 0.65 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+7%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.36 MB/s Much faster random write.
+52%
1.55 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
108 MB/s 136 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.47 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+88%
0.25 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
138 MB/s 196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+42%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s 185 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+16%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.86 MB/s 0.98 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.32 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+83%
1.81 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
143 MB/s 174 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+22%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.64 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+64%
0.39 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,683,088 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.59 % 0.85 % Much higher market share.
+44%
Value
Value For Money
28 % 95.2 % Hugely better value.
+240%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 67 % More popular.
+22%
Price
Price (score)
$70 Slightly cheaper.
+12%
$79
Age
Newest
104 Months 81 Months More recent.
+22%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is over four years old and one of the oldest drives that we have included in our group tests. The reason for its inclusion is that it was once one of the best hard drives available and we have seen more user benchmarks for this drive than any other. The price of this drive has fluctuated significantly over its epic four year life span and current prices do not reflect the great value for money that this drive once represented. In today's market the F3 struggles to keep up with the group leaders both in terms of performance and price. With an effective speed rating of 116 MB/s the F3 is one of the slowest 1TB drives in our group test. There are clearly newer and better alternatives available at this time. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $413Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $138
Intel Core i5-8600K $235AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $125
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $177SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $911SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $59HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $226SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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