Real World Speed
Performance profile from 65,984 user samples
36,656 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 15GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 983
29,328 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 84% 836GB free
Worst Bench: 49% 105GB free
Poor: 49% Great: 84%
SPEED RANK: 129th / 983
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.3 % Faster effective speed.
68.3 % -29%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s Much faster read speed.
110 MB/s -45%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
149 MB/s Faster write speed.
128 MB/s -16%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
0.61 MB/s -7%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.5 MB/s -56% 2.34 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
137 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
104 MB/s -32%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -84% 0.46 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
137 MB/s -46%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
184 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
158 MB/s -16%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.99 MB/s Faster peak random read.
0.86 MB/s -15%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.82 MB/s -81% 3.3 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
177 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
141 MB/s -26%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.38 MB/s -66% 0.63 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 4,682,045 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.3 % Higher market share.
1.13 % -15%
Value For Money
96.4 % Hugely better value.
18 % -436%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % More popular.
54 % -24%
Price (score)
$79 Cheaper.
$109 -28%
70 Months More recent.
93 Months -25%

This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]


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) July 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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  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $295Nvidia GTX 1070 $390Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $97
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $268AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i5-7600K $235Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $159
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $137SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $83G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $714SanDisk Extreme 32GB $23
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