Real World Speed
Performance profile from 60,701 user samples
24,479 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 799GB free
Poor: 73% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 984
36,222 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 82% 930GB free
Worst Bench: 47% 503GB free
Poor: 47% Great: 82%
SPEED RANK: 135th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
93.5 % Much faster effective speed.
+40%
66.9 % -40%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
170 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+59%
107 MB/s -59%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
156 MB/s Faster write speed.
+24%
126 MB/s -24%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s Much faster random read.
+35%
0.6 MB/s -35%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.54 MB/s -47% 2.26 MB/s Much faster random write.
+47%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+32%
103 MB/s -32%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -64% 0.46 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+64%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+46%
135 MB/s -46%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
185 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+19%
156 MB/s -19%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.04 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+22%
0.85 MB/s -22%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.78 MB/s -74% 3.1 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+74%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+20%
138 MB/s -20%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s -85% 0.63 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+85%
Market Share
Based on 6,182,319 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.97 % Hugely higher market share.
+146%
0.8 % -146%
Value
Value For Money
59.8 % Hugely better value.
+180%
21.3 % -180%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
98 % Much more popular.
+78%
55 % -78%
Price
Price (score)
$45 Much cheaper.
+50%
$90 -50%
Age
Newest
14 Months Hugely more recent.
+86%
97 Months -86%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) November 2017 HDD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
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  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $288Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $285AMD RX 480 $240Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $110
Intel Core i5-7600K $200Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $189SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $75G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $1,050SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $55Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $195SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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