Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,269,495 user samples
722,645 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 49% 1TB free
Poor: 49% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 32nd / 1015
2,546,850 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 1GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 66th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+7%
82.4 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s +2% 154 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
132 MB/s 138 MB/s +5%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s 1.18 MB/s Much faster random read.
+74%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.52 MB/s 2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+61%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.6 MB/s 88.9 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+19%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.71 MB/s 1.07 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+51%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
152 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+14%
133 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s +1% 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s +2% 177 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+67%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+67%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87 MB/s 116 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+33%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
202 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+11%
182 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 39,757,981 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.4 % 10.9 % Hugely higher market share.
+353%
Value
Value For Money
60.5 % Better value.
+25%
48.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 62 % More popular.
+15%
Price
Price (score)
$58 $34 Much cheaper.
+42%
Age
Newest
119 Months 110 Months Slightly more recent.
+8%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 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 allows 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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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  • - 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.
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  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-10700K $317Nvidia RTX 3080 $700Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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