Real World Speed
Performance profile from 566,795 user samples
94,139 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% 607GB free
Worst Bench: 35% 218GB free (System drive)
Poor: 35% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 232nd / 1010
472,656 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 745GB free
Worst Bench: 46% 265GB free (System drive)
Poor: 46% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
56.3 % 86.9 % Much faster effective speed.
+55%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
103 MB/s 158 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+53%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
96.4 MB/s 137 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+42%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.01 MB/s Much faster random read.
+31%
0.77 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.16 MB/s Much faster random write.
+33%
1.62 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
79 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+6%
74.3 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.89 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+14%
0.78 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
92.5 MB/s 145 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+57%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
140 MB/s 202 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+44%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
127 MB/s 188 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+48%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.4 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+40%
1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.7 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+29%
2.1 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
112 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+26%
89 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
128 MB/s 200 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+56%
Market Share
Based on 11,850,861 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.87 % 5.91 % Hugely higher market share.
+579%
Value
Value For Money
23.1 % 56.8 % Hugely better value.
+146%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 76 % Much more popular.
+33%
Price
Price (score)
$70 $44 Much cheaper.
+37%
Age
Newest
104 Months 83 Months More recent.
+20%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The WD Black (2010) is not a great performer, at least not in today's market. With peak sequential read/writes of 162/129 MB/s the Black lags particularly at writing. In terms of small file random 4K performance things are a little better with peak read/writes of 1.21/2.7 MB/s but these figures still lag the current group leaders and place the 2010 version of the WD Black well below average. A direct comparison to the 2012 WD Blue shows that the newer Blue not only outperforms on nearly every single benchmark but also costs less. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The 1TB Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 2018 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $370Nvidia GTX 1070 $350Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $155Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $249Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $110
Intel Core i7-7700K $355AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $869SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
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