Real World Speed
Performance profile from 566,988 user samples
133,593 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 78GB free (System drive)
Poor: 57% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 23rd / 1015
433,395 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 1TB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 34th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90.6 % +2% 88.9 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s 159 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
131 MB/s 131 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.71 MB/s 0.71 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.69 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+7%
1.58 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
75.3 MB/s +1% 74.4 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.75 MB/s +1% 0.74 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
157 MB/s +3% 152 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
176 MB/s 186 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s 0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+6%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.2 MB/s +1% 86.5 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
201 MB/s +1% 199 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 23,066,173 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.77 % 2.84 % Hugely higher market share.
+269%
Value
Value For Money
109 % Much better value.
+79%
60.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % Slightly more popular.
+10%
63 %
Price
Price (score)
$50 Slightly cheaper.
+14%
$58
Age
Newest
100 Months 100 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 2TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2020 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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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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