Real World Speed
Performance profile from 33,800 user samples
91 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 70% 794GB free
Poor: 70% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 63rd / 979
33,709 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 291GB free
Poor: 59% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
81.3 % -9% 88.3 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+9%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
144 MB/s -10% 159 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+10%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s -7% 149 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.74 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+12%
0.66 MB/s -12%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.96 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+99%
1.49 MB/s -99%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s -1% 135 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.53 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+121%
0.24 MB/s -121%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
170 MB/s -16% 197 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+16%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
166 MB/s -11% 184 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.94 MB/s -3% 0.97 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.52 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+100%
1.76 MB/s -100%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
160 MB/s -8% 173 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.71 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+87%
0.38 MB/s -87%
Market Share
Based on 3,764,503 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % -∞% 1.6 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
Value
Value For Money
43.7 % -115% 93.9 % Hugely better value.
+115%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
47 % -38% 65 % Much more popular.
+38%
Price
Price (score)
$160 -49% $81 Much cheaper.
+49%
Age
Newest
59 Months Slightly more recent.
+12%
67 Months -12%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 3TB
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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $300AMD RX 480 $220Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
Intel Core i5-7600K $229Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $170
Intel Pentium G4560 $60Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $219Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $147
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $48G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $700SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $136SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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