Real World Speed
Performance profile from 15,090 user samples
782 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 129% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 84% 5TB free
Poor: 84% Great: 129%
SPEED RANK: 1st / 1002
14,308 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 71% 1.5TB free
Poor: 71% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
109 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+15%
95.2 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
168 MB/s 174 MB/s +4%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
211 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+34%
158 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
3.66 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+463%
0.65 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.57 MB/s Much faster random write.
+69%
1.52 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
160 MB/s +4% 154 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.3 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+43%
0.21 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
216 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+8%
200 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
248 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+34%
185 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7.43 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+817%
0.81 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.27 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+80%
1.82 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
205 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+15%
179 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.4 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+60%
0.25 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 8,710,664 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % 0.52 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,200%
Value
Value For Money
42.3 % 102 % Hugely better value.
+142%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % 83 % More popular.
+22%
Price
Price (score)
$443 $80 Hugely cheaper.
+82%
Age
Newest
34 Months 19 Months Much more recent.
+44%
Capacity
Capacity
6TB 3TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
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Intel Core i7-8700K $26Nvidia GTX 1070 $447Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $80
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $325Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $137
Intel Core i7-7700K $290AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $190SanDisk Extreme 64GB $70
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $931SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $204SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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