Real World Speed
Performance profile from 37,606 user samples
7,791 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 64% 465GB free
Worst Bench: 39% 461GB free
Poor: 39% Great: 64%
SPEED RANK: 269th / 984
29,815 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 74% 443GB free
Poor: 74% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
52.9 % -77% 93.7 % Much faster effective speed.
+77%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
89.7 MB/s -90% 170 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+90%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
93.6 MB/s -68% 157 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+68%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.55 MB/s -51% 0.83 MB/s Much faster random read.
+51%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.18 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+171%
1.54 MB/s -171%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
83.8 MB/s -62% 136 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+62%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.45 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+67%
0.27 MB/s -67%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
112 MB/s -76% 197 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+76%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
115 MB/s -62% 186 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+62%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.74 MB/s -42% 1.05 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+42%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.74 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+217%
1.81 MB/s -217%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s -53% 167 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+53%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.76 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+130%
0.33 MB/s -130%
Market Share
Based on 6,569,559 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % -945% 2.09 % Hugely higher market share.
+945%
Value
Value For Money
15.8 % -278% 59.8 % Hugely better value.
+278%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % -92% 98 % Hugely more popular.
+92%
Price
Price (score)
$48 -6% $45 Slightly cheaper.
+6%
Age
Newest
57 Months -74% 15 Months Much more recent.
+74%
Capacity
Capacity
500GB 1TB
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The Laptop Thin (7mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. At less than a year old the Laptop Thin is relatively new, but its performance is unbalanced and favours small file IO. With average sequential speeds of 85 MB/s the Laptop Thin lags the group leaders by over 50% in this area. As a result regular tasks such as copying multimedia files will be relatively slow on this drive. On the other hand, thanks to its 8GB of NAND flash, small file performance is far better and average and lies in the region of 3 MB/s which is a very respectable result. Overall the Laptop Thin's performance profile is skewed heavily towards small file IO. The Thins larger capacity 1TB sibling offers considerably better value for money. [Jan '14 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) December 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.
  • - 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 $308Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $285AMD RX 480 $265Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $114
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $140
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $205SanDisk Extreme 64GB $41
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $1,050SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $215SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $10
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