Real World Speed
Performance profile from 46,730 user samples
45,056 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 41% 73GB free
Poor: 41% Great: 67%
SPEED RANK: 236th / 979
1,674 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 82% 2.5TB free
Poor: 82% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 6th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
55.5 % -78% 98.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+78%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
100 MB/s -81% 181 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+81%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
93.5 MB/s -74% 163 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+74%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.61 MB/s -13% 0.69 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+13%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.3 MB/s -22% 1.58 MB/s Faster random write.
+22%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
79.9 MB/s -99% 159 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+99%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.42 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+100%
0.21 MB/s -100%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
121 MB/s -68% 203 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+68%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
117 MB/s -62% 189 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+62%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.85 MB/s +5% 0.81 MB/s -5%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.65 MB/s -12% 1.85 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+12%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
110 MB/s -65% 181 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+65%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.6 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+140%
0.25 MB/s -140%
Market Share
Based on 3,764,503 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.3 % Hugely higher market share.
+475%
0.4 % -475%
Value
Value For Money
19.9 % -374% 94.3 % Hugely better value.
+374%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % -53% 84 % Much more popular.
+53%
Price
Price (score)
$80 Slightly cheaper.
+11%
$90 -11%
Age
Newest
75 Months -91% 7 Months Hugely more recent.
+91%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $300AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
Intel Core i5-7600K $229Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $170
Intel Pentium G4560 $60Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $219Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $147
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $48G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $136SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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