Real World Speed
Performance profile from 13,383 user samples
10,998 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 109GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 103%
SPEED RANK: 49th / 979
2,385 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 760GB free
Poor: 73% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
84.9 % -11% 94.6 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+11%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
136 MB/s -26% 171 MB/s Faster read speed.
+26%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s 0% 159 MB/s 0%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.62 MB/s -37% 0.85 MB/s Much faster random read.
+37%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
5 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+229%
1.52 MB/s -229%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
123 MB/s -10% 135 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.6 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+114%
0.28 MB/s -114%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
188 MB/s -5% 198 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+5%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
192 MB/s +4% 185 MB/s -4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s -30% 1.05 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+30%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.59 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+216%
1.77 MB/s -216%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
153 MB/s -6% 162 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.85 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+150%
0.34 MB/s -150%
Market Share
Based on 3,446,272 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.7 % -43% 1 % Much higher market share.
+43%
Value
Value For Money
54.1 % -0% 54.3 % +0%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
62 % -44% 89 % Much more popular.
+44%
Price
Price (score)
$90 -44% $50 Much cheaper.
+44%
Age
Newest
43 Months -86% 6 Months Hugely more recent.
+86%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The Seagate Desktop SSHD is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). The 8GBs of MLC NAND flash built into this model help facilitate better performance than a purely mechanical drive. Peak sequential read/write speeds are above average at 190 MB/s. The 2TB SSHD has consistently demonstrated class leading 4k random write speeds in the region of 5.0 MB/s. 4K read speeds are in the region of 0.7-0.9 MB/s which is well above average, but not record breaking. Overall the performance increases attributable to the NAND flash are very noticeable in the area of small file 4K performance where the SSHD dominates the competition. In terms of sequential speeds, the Seagate also offers better average sequential performance than most mechanical 2TB hard drives. From a value for money perspective, the 2TB SSHD is well above average, it has a brilliant 4k performance profile, strong sequential speeds and only a slightly above average price. [Dec '13 HDrivePro]

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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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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  • - 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.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $310AMD RX 480 $205Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $98
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $130
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $177
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $135SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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