Real World Speed
Performance profile from 22,033 user samples
1,133 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 79% 1.5TB free
Poor: 79% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 7th / 979
20,900 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% 858GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 194GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 130th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
98.3 % Much faster effective speed.
67.5 % -46%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
179 MB/s Much faster read speed.
109 MB/s -64%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
164 MB/s Much faster write speed.
126 MB/s -30%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.7 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
0.62 MB/s -13%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.6 MB/s -44% 2.3 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
156 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
104 MB/s -50%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.21 MB/s -124% 0.47 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
136 MB/s -48%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
188 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
156 MB/s -21%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s -7% 0.87 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.85 MB/s -74% 3.22 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
140 MB/s -28%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -152% 0.63 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 3,461,541 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.4 % -200% 1.2 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
94.1 % Hugely better value.
29.1 % -224%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
80 % Much more popular.
54 % -48%
Price (score)
$90 -26% $67 Cheaper.
6 Months Hugely more recent.
89 Months -93%

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]


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]


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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How it works

  • - 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
  • - 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $310Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $328AMD RX 480 $201Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $138
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $169
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $113SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $125SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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