Real World Speed
Performance profile from 16,058 user samples
12,163 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 76% 287GB free
Poor: 76% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 984
3,895 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 78% 962GB free
Poor: 78% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 9th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
94.3 % -3% 97.5 % +3%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
171 MB/s -5% 179 MB/s +5%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s -2% 161 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.85 MB/s Faster random read.
+25%
0.68 MB/s -25%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.56 MB/s +1% 1.54 MB/s -1%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
138 MB/s -14% 157 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+14%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
0.21 MB/s -33%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
196 MB/s -3% 201 MB/s +3%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
186 MB/s -1% 188 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.05 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+30%
0.81 MB/s -30%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.82 MB/s -2% 1.85 MB/s +2%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
165 MB/s -9% 180 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+9%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+36%
0.25 MB/s -36%
Market Share
Based on 4,960,074 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.72 % Hugely higher market share.
+365%
0.37 % -365%
Value
Value For Money
60.1 % -68% 101 % Much better value.
+68%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
93 % Slightly more popular.
+15%
81 % -15%
Price
Price (score)
$45 Much cheaper.
+46%
$83 -46%
Age
Newest
11 Months 0% 11 Months 0%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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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 new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $300Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $280AMD RX 480 $390Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $133
Intel Core i5-7600K $212Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $165
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $718SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $83Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $140SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $55HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $140SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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