Real World Speed
Performance profile from 905,066 user samples
720,351 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 958GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 23rd / 1015
184,715 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 997GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 2.5TB free
Poor: 57% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 22nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90.4 % 90.5 % +0%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
160 MB/s +1% 158 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
132 MB/s +2% 130 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.69 MB/s 0.7 MB/s +1%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.59 MB/s 1.76 MB/s Faster random write.
+11%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
75.7 MB/s +0% 75.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.71 MB/s 0.73 MB/s +3%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
156 MB/s 158 MB/s +1%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s 202 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s +2% 175 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 0.9 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+12%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 2.88 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+60%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.7 MB/s +0% 87.4 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
202 MB/s +0% 201 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 40,710,594 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.4 % Hugely higher market share.
+287%
0.62 %
Value
Value For Money
61.8 % +2% 60.4 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 55 % +2%
Price
Price (score)
$58 Much cheaper.
+35%
$90
Age
Newest
120 Months 120 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 3TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2021 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.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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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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How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - SkillBench (space shooter) tests user input accuracy.
  • - 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 current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
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Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $74SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $77SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
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