Real World Speed
Performance profile from 50,254 user samples
5,532 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 101% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 266GB free
Poor: 59% Great: 101%
SPEED RANK: 50th / 1002
44,722 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 47% 121GB free
Poor: 47% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 154th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
85.4 % Faster effective speed.
66.6 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
153 MB/s Much faster read speed.
107 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s Faster write speed.
125 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.6 MB/s 0.61 MB/s +2%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.71 MB/s 2.24 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
122 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
104 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s 0.46 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
181 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
137 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
156 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.74 MB/s 0.86 MB/s Faster peak random read.
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.12 MB/s 3.13 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
150 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
141 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s 0.64 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 8,778,298 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.19 % 0.58 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
103 % Hugely better value.
20.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % More popular.
55 %
Price (score)
$95 $92 +3%
19 Months Hugely more recent.
102 Months

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) 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]


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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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
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