Real World Speed
Performance profile from 27,517 user samples
20,421 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 808GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 25th / 984
7,096 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 72% 1GB free
Poor: 72% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90.4 % -7% 96.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+7%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s -13% 177 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
159 MB/s -1% 161 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s Faster random read.
+16%
0.68 MB/s -16%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.74 MB/s Much faster random write.
+79%
1.53 MB/s -79%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
150 MB/s -3% 154 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.34 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+62%
0.21 MB/s -62%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
189 MB/s -8% 204 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+8%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
202 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+7%
188 MB/s -7%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+27%
0.81 MB/s -27%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.25 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+80%
1.81 MB/s -80%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
189 MB/s +4% 181 MB/s -4%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+108%
0.25 MB/s -108%
Market Share
Based on 6,575,440 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.53 % Higher market share.
+18%
0.45 % -18%
Value
Value For Money
47.2 % -121% 104 % Hugely better value.
+121%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % -22% 82 % More popular.
+22%
Price
Price (score)
$110 -27% $80 Cheaper.
+27%
Age
Newest
50 Months -70% 15 Months Much more recent.
+70%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 3TB
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