SeagateST3000DM008
WDWD1003FZEX

Release date: Q3 2016.

Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 91,555 user samples
18,136 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 116% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 1.5TB free
Poor: 63% Great: 116%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 1010
73,419 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 916GB free
Worst Bench: 54% 688GB free (System drive)
Poor: 54% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 71st / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
96.6 % Faster effective speed.
+17%
82.4 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
169 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+10%
153 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s +1% 139 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.69 MB/s 1.21 MB/s Much faster random read.
+75%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.6 MB/s 2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+53%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
76.4 MB/s 87 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+14%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.76 MB/s 1.09 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+43%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
168 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+25%
134 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
204 MB/s +2% 200 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
182 MB/s +5% 174 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+88%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.82 MB/s 2.9 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+59%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.9 MB/s 111 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
204 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+15%
178 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 11,781,913 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.64 % 1.76 % Hugely higher market share.
+175%
Value
Value For Money
104 % Hugely better value.
+221%
32.4 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
82 % Slightly more popular.
+12%
73 %
Price
Price (score)
$80 $73 Slightly cheaper.
+9%
Age
Newest
25 Months Much more recent.
+58%
60 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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This is the most recent version (2013 FZEX) of Western Digital's best performing consumer storage drive, its predecessor was the WD1002FAEX which is now four years old. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s this version outperforms its predecessor by a whopping 50%. Small file random 4K speeds have remained broadly unchanged with average read/write rates of 0.9/2.19 MB/s. Overall the 2013 WD Black has a very good performance profile and it also represents reasonable value for money, at least in the 1TB category. There are some good alternatives to the 2013 Black including the 2012 Blue. Looking at the 2013 Black vs 2012 Blue shows that both drives have similar performance. Power consumption (6.8/6.1 Watts active/idle) and noise levels (29.5 dBA) are also identical making it a tough call between the two. There is however, as always, better value amongst the larger capacities. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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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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