Real World Speed
Performance profile from 118,835 user samples
116,027 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 810GB free (System drive)
Poor: 52% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 28th / 1015
2,808 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 121% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 67% 2.5TB free
Poor: 67% Great: 121%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90.2 % 94.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+5%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s 164 MB/s +3%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
131 MB/s 199 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+52%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.7 MB/s 4.55 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+550%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.66 MB/s 3.14 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+89%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.9 MB/s 102 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+36%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.75 MB/s 1.02 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+36%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
156 MB/s 165 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+6%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s 213 MB/s +5%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
176 MB/s 246 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+40%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.88 MB/s 6.87 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+681%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.9 MB/s 3.5 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+84%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.8 MB/s 126 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+45%
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
201 MB/s 215 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+7%
Market Share
Based on 20,587,553 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.79 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,850%
0.02 %
Value
Value For Money
68.5 % Hugely better value.
+81%
38 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % 68 %
Price
Price (score)
$79 Much cheaper.
+74%
$300
Age
Newest
97 Months 52 Months Much more recent.
+46%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 6TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 2019 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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  • - 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.
  • - 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.
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