Real World Speed
Performance profile from 45,087 user samples
39,522 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 68% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 33% 1.5TB free
Poor: 33% Great: 68%
SPEED RANK: 293rd / 984
5,565 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 77% 2.5TB free
Poor: 77% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
51.6 % -88% 97.2 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+88%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
92.7 MB/s -92% 178 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+92%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
87.1 MB/s -85% 161 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+85%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.56 MB/s -23% 0.69 MB/s Faster random read.
+23%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.49 MB/s -4% 1.55 MB/s +4%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.7 MB/s -109% 156 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+109%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.18 MB/s -17% 0.21 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+17%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
124 MB/s -64% 203 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+64%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
116 MB/s -63% 189 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+63%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s -1% 0.81 MB/s +1%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.14 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+16%
1.84 MB/s -16%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
110 MB/s -64% 180 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+64%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s 0% 0.25 MB/s 0%
Market Share
Based on 5,798,287 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.63 % Much higher market share.
+43%
0.44 % -43%
Value
Value For Money
27.2 % -311% 112 % Hugely better value.
+311%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % -55% 82 % Much more popular.
+55%
Price
Price (score)
$109 -31% $75 Much cheaper.
+31%
Age
Newest
78 Months -83% 13 Months Hugely more recent.
+83%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 3TB
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The Western Digital Green (EARX) was released approximately three years ago and proved to be an extremely popular hard drive. This drive has been benchmarked by our users far more than most, currently 118 samples, so we have a relatively large set of performance data from which we can infer robust performance characteristics. With sequential read/write Lab speeds hitting the 150 MB/s mark, and more importantly, average read/write UserBenchMark (UBM) figures of 125/117 MB/s the 2011 WD Green is no longer able to compete with the newer and in many cases larger platter (1TB) drives of today. Looking at a direct comparison between the EARX and, its direct successor, the EZRX shows that the newer 2012 EZRX outperforms by around 37% in real world tests and 18% in peak Lab tests. This additional performance comes at no extra cost and makes the newer EZRX a far better choice. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 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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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - 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.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $299Nvidia GTX 1070 $386Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $95
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $280AMD RX 480 $508Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $126
Intel Core i5-7600K $230Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $265Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $140
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $158SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $75G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $920SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $67Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $180SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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