Real World Speed
Performance profile from 38,587 user samples
14,189 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 73% 2TB free
Poor: 73% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1002
24,398 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 1.5TB free
Poor: 65% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
95.4 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
89.9 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
175 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
155 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s 158 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.66 MB/s 0.78 MB/s Faster random read.
+18%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.52 MB/s 2.72 MB/s Much faster random write.
+79%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
154 MB/s +4% 148 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.21 MB/s 0.35 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+67%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s +5% 191 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
185 MB/s 206 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s 1.03 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+27%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.82 MB/s 3.24 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+78%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s 191 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+7%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s 0.54 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+116%
Market Share
Based on 8,760,958 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.59 % Much higher market share.
+31%
0.45 %
Value
Value For Money
103 % Hugely better value.
+119%
46.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
83 % More popular.
+20%
69 %
Price
Price (score)
$80 Cheaper.
+27%
$110
Age
Newest
19 Months Much more recent.
+65%
54 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 2TB
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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 current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[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
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $170Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $310Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $137
Intel Core i7-7700K $290AMD 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) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $957SanDisk Extreme 32GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $204SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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