SeagateST3000DM008
WDWD2003FZEX

Release date: Q3 2016.

Release date: Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 256,662 user samples
112,118 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 1.5TB free
Poor: 60% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1015
144,544 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 683GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 30th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
92.1 % +4% 88.5 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+5%
153 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
131 MB/s 161 MB/s Faster write speed.
+23%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.69 MB/s 0.95 MB/s Much faster random read.
+38%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.6 MB/s 3.04 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+90%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
76.7 MB/s 86.7 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+13%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.74 MB/s 0.95 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+28%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
160 MB/s +3% 155 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s +4% 194 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
171 MB/s 207 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+21%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+38%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 3.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+94%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.9 MB/s 105 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+22%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
200 MB/s +1% 199 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 53,513,013 HDDs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.34 % 0.55 % Much higher market share.
+62%
Value
Value For Money
65 % 69.4 % Slightly better value.
+7%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % +4% 57 %
Price
Price (score)
$85 $51 Much cheaper.
+40%
Age
Newest
93 Months More recent.
+27%
128 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 2TB
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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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This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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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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