Real World Speed
Performance profile from 47,242 user samples
13,834 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% 895GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 535GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 51st / 979
33,408 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 884GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
84.3 % -6% 89.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
137 MB/s -18% 161 MB/s Faster read speed.
+18%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
156 MB/s +4% 150 MB/s -4%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s +3% 0.66 MB/s -3%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
5 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+227%
1.53 MB/s -227%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
123 MB/s -11% 137 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+11%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.65 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+160%
0.25 MB/s -160%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
188 MB/s -6% 200 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
191 MB/s +3% 186 MB/s -3%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.92 MB/s -7% 0.98 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+7%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.67 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+208%
1.84 MB/s -208%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
157 MB/s -12% 176 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+12%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.01 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+159%
0.39 MB/s -159%
Market Share
Based on 4,061,950 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.7 % -93% 1.35 % Hugely higher market share.
+93%
Value
Value For Money
32.3 % -194% 94.8 % Hugely better value.
+194%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % -8% 65 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
Price
Price (score)
$75 Slightly cheaper.
+7%
$81 -7%
Age
Newest
45 Months Much more recent.
+34%
68 Months -34%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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The ST1000DX001 is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). There is 8GB of MLC NAND flash built into this model which helps facilitate better performance than a purely mechanical drive. The peak sequential read /write speeds of 190 MB/s are around 10% higher than average for a mechanical drive, but no where near typical SSD speeds. We have seen peak 4k write speeds as high as 5.72 MB/s, which is very impressive and to date the highest 4k read speed is 1.24 MB/s which is less impressive but still above average for a top end mechanical drive. The performance increases attributable to the NAND flash are primarily noticeable in the area of small file performance and the Seagate offers only marginally better sequential performance than other mechanical 1TB hard drives. Overall the ST1000DX001 is a very solid performer and bests the group average by 30%. The larger 2TB version (ST2000DX001) has similar performance but represents even better value for money. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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 $309Nvidia GTX 1070 $368Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $99
Intel Core i5-7600K $229AMD RX 480 $227Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $132
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $300Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $136SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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