Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,989 user samples
8,026 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 85% 106GB free
Worst Bench: 48% 2TB free
Poor: 48% Great: 85%
SPEED RANK: 126th / 979
963 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 70% 583GB free
Poor: 70% Great: 103%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
68.7 % -33% 91.5 % Much faster effective speed.
+33%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
128 MB/s -27% 162 MB/s Faster read speed.
+27%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
111 MB/s -41% 157 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+41%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s Faster random read.
+27%
0.64 MB/s -27%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.31 MB/s Faster random write.
+26%
1.83 MB/s -26%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
103 MB/s -26% 130 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.42 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+68%
0.25 MB/s -68%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
163 MB/s -13% 185 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+13%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
140 MB/s -30% 182 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+30%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.18 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+57%
0.75 MB/s -57%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.9 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+33%
2.18 MB/s -33%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s -15% 157 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+15%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.55 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+90%
0.29 MB/s -90%
Market Share
Based on 4,352,294 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.36 % Much higher market share.
+50%
0.24 % -50%
Value
Value For Money
29.2 % -267% 107 % Hugely better value.
+267%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % -41% 72 % Much more popular.
+41%
Price
Price (score)
$135 -27% $98 Cheaper.
+27%
Age
Newest
78 Months -88% 9 Months Hugely more recent.
+88%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 4TB
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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013). Comparing the FAEX and FZEX models shows that the newer FZEX model is around 11% faster on average. The main performance improvements are in the area of sequential writes where the newer FZEX is 30% faster (148 vs 114 MB/s). As a new purchase, the FAEX would have to come at a significant discount to the newer FZEX in order to make it worth considering. The FAEX has a reasonably well-rounded performance profile with above average 4K speeds but it's overpriced and lags the group leaders in terms of value for money. [Nov '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 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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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $309Nvidia GTX 1070 $390Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $297AMD RX 480 $608Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $125
Intel Core i5-7600K $233Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $243Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $169
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $696SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
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