Real World Speed
Performance profile from 88,481 user samples
71,082 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 55% 2TB free
Poor: 55% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 38th / 1010
17,399 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 116% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 1TB free
Poor: 65% Great: 116%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.5 % 97.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+9%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s 172 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+9%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
130 MB/s 141 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+8%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.71 MB/s +3% 0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.66 MB/s +4% 1.6 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.2 MB/s 76.9 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.75 MB/s 0.76 MB/s +1%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
154 MB/s 170 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+10%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s 205 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
181 MB/s 186 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+12%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.9 MB/s 1.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87 MB/s 87.7 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
200 MB/s 203 MB/s +2%
Market Share
Based on 10,050,342 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.91 % Hugely higher market share.
+82%
0.5 %
Value
Value For Money
103 % 105 % +2%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
66 % 83 % More popular.
+26%
Price
Price (score)
$75 Slightly cheaper.
+6%
$80
Age
Newest
82 Months 22 Months Much more recent.
+73%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 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) July 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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  • 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 $340Nvidia GTX 1070 $400Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $85
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $160Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $290Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $121
Intel Core i5-8600K $225AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $160SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $951SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $59HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $219SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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