Real World Speed
Performance profile from 71,840 user samples
42,475 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 2TB free
Poor: 65% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 984
29,365 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 82% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 48% 610GB free
Poor: 48% Great: 82%
SPEED RANK: 135th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.2 % Much faster effective speed.
+33%
67.2 % -33%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
162 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+49%
109 MB/s -49%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
149 MB/s Faster write speed.
+19%
125 MB/s -19%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s +5% 0.62 MB/s -5%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.52 MB/s -51% 2.3 MB/s Much faster random write.
+51%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
139 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+34%
104 MB/s -34%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s -92% 0.46 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+92%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+46%
136 MB/s -46%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
185 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+19%
155 MB/s -19%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.99 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+14%
0.87 MB/s -14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.82 MB/s -73% 3.15 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+73%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
176 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+25%
141 MB/s -25%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.38 MB/s -66% 0.63 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+66%
Market Share
Based on 5,408,148 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.2 % Much higher market share.
+30%
0.92 % -30%
Value
Value For Money
122 % Hugely better value.
+416%
23.6 % -416%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % More popular.
+22%
55 % -22%
Price
Price (score)
$63 Cheaper.
+23%
$82 -23%
Age
Newest
72 Months More recent.
+24%
95 Months -24%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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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]

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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]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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]

How Fast Is Your HDD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

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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How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i7-7700K $297Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $80
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $270AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i5-7600K $220Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $265Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $149
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $724SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $77Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $152SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $56HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $141SanDisk Extreme 16GB $20
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