Real World Speed
Performance profile from 58,557 user samples
12,939 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 73% 2TB free
Poor: 73% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1002
45,618 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% 927GB free
Worst Bench: 48% 555GB free
Poor: 48% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 152nd / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
95.4 % Much faster effective speed.
+42%
67.2 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
175 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+62%
108 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s Faster write speed.
+25%
126 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.66 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+8%
0.61 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.53 MB/s 2.26 MB/s Much faster random write.
+48%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
153 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+47%
104 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.21 MB/s 0.47 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+124%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+44%
138 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+18%
156 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 0.86 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+8%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.83 MB/s 3.12 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+70%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+28%
140 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s 0.64 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+156%
Market Share
Based on 8,818,205 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.54 % 0.59 % Slightly higher market share.
+9%
Value
Value For Money
110 % Hugely better value.
+406%
21.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
83 % Much more popular.
+51%
55 %
Price
Price (score)
$75 Cheaper.
+16%
$89
Age
Newest
19 Months Hugely more recent.
+81%
102 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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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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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) April 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 $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $447Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $80
Intel Core i7-7700K $290Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $290Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $137
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $176AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $183SanDisk Extreme 64GB $70
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $75G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $957SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $193SanDisk Extreme 16GB $18
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