Real World Speed
Performance profile from 2,064 user samples
1,108 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 81% 1.5TB free
Poor: 81% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 8th / 979
956 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 120GB free
Poor: 57% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 74th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
98.3 % Faster effective speed.
+25%
78.9 % -25%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
179 MB/s Faster read speed.
+29%
139 MB/s -29%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
164 MB/s Faster write speed.
+21%
136 MB/s -21%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.7 MB/s -27% 0.89 MB/s Faster random read.
+27%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.6 MB/s -19% 1.9 MB/s Faster random write.
+19%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
155 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+26%
123 MB/s -26%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.21 MB/s 0% 0.21 MB/s 0%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+19%
169 MB/s -19%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
188 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+14%
165 MB/s -14%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s -42% 1.15 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+42%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.85 MB/s -22% 2.25 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+22%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+11%
161 MB/s -11%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s +4% 0.24 MB/s -4%
Market Share
Based on 3,444,809 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.4 % Hugely higher market share.
+300%
0.1 % -300%
Value
Value For Money
94.1 % Much better value.
+56%
60.4 % -56%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
79 % Much more popular.
+34%
59 % -34%
Price
Price (score)
$90 Much cheaper.
+40%
$150 -40%
Age
Newest
6 Months Hugely more recent.
+85%
39 Months -85%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 4TB
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The HGST Deskstar NAS is one of the few NAS drives to feature a 7,200 RPM rotational speed. This relatively high rotational speed helps the 4TB Deskstar NAS achieve a 4k read/write speed of 1.14/2.2 MB/s. 1.14 MB/s is actually the highest 4K read speed I have seen to date on a 4TB drive. In terms of sequential read/write speeds the Deskstar NAS clocked in at 161/144 MB/s which are also a reasonable set of scores. Overall the Deskstar NAS scored an effective speed of 116 MB/s which despite being 14% below the group leaders, is still second place for a 4TB capacity drive. With 4TB of capacity and an above average performance profile the HGST Deskstar NAS represents very good value for money. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i7-7700K $310AMD RX 480 $205Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $93
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $130
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $177
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $26
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $135SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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