Real World Speed
Performance profile from 215,983 user samples
203,081 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 922GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 73GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 979
12,902 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% 929GB free
Worst Bench: 41% 904GB free
Poor: 41% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 238th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
86.7 % Much faster effective speed.
+56%
55.4 % -56%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+65%
95.2 MB/s -65%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+50%
96.7 MB/s -50%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.87 MB/s Much faster random read.
+53%
0.57 MB/s -53%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.18 MB/s -111% 4.61 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+111%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+50%
90.1 MB/s -50%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -79% 0.5 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+79%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+67%
119 MB/s -67%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+53%
116 MB/s -53%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+75%
0.75 MB/s -75%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s -105% 5.74 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+105%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+50%
111 MB/s -50%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s -114% 0.79 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+114%
Market Share
Based on 4,061,950 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.6 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,856%
0.54 % -1,856%
Value
Value For Money
49.7 % Hugely better value.
+150%
19.9 % -150%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % More popular.
+18%
60 % -18%
Price
Price (score)
$50 Much cheaper.
+38%
$80 -38%
Age
Newest
59 Months -15% 50 Months More recent.
+15%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The Laptop (9.5mm) SSHD from Seagate has a 64MB Cache and like its younger sibling (Laptop Thin) comes equipped with 8GB of MLC NAND Flash. Apart from capacity and dimensions the specs for the two siblings are identical. At less than a year old the Laptop SSHD is relatively new, but like its smaller sibling its performance is unbalanced and favours small file IO. With average sequential speeds of 95 MB/s the Laptop SSHD lags the group leaders by over 50% at sequential IO. Small file 4K performance averages around 2 MB/s which is far better. Overall the Seagate Laptop SSHDs performance profile is skewed strongly towards small file IO. This, the 9.5mm 1TB version does represent better value for money than its smaller capacity 500GB sibling but neither of the drives are particularly strong sequential performers. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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 $309Nvidia GTX 1070 $368Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $99
Intel Core i5-7600K $229AMD RX 480 $227Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $132
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $300Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $160
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $136SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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