Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,450,315 user samples
44,933 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 84% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 2TB free
Poor: 46% Great: 84%
SPEED RANK: 146th / 1015
1,405,382 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 374GB free
Worst Bench: 54% 514GB free (System drive)
Poor: 54% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 37th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67.2 % 87.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+31%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
123 MB/s 158 MB/s Faster read speed.
+28%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
112 MB/s 130 MB/s Faster write speed.
+16%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.1 MB/s Much faster random read.
+43%
0.77 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s Much faster random write.
+54%
1.62 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
95.1 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+25%
76.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.94 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+22%
0.77 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
111 MB/s 148 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+33%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s 202 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+29%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s 187 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+35%
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
3.22 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+53%
2.1 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
121 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+34%
90.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+10%
1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
140 MB/s 201 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+44%
Market Share
Based on 40,662,976 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.13 % 4.8 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,592%
Value
Value For Money
28.2 % 51.6 % Hugely better value.
+83%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 58 % More popular.
+14%
Price
Price (score)
$95 $34 Much cheaper.
+64%
Age
Newest
129 Months 118 Months Slightly more recent.
+9%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The FAEX WD Black (2010) is nearly four years old and has been replaced by the WD Black FZEX (2013). Comparing the FAEX and FZEX models shows that the newer FZEX model is around 11% faster on average. The main performance improvements are in the area of sequential writes where the newer FZEX is 30% faster (148 vs 114 MB/s). As a new purchase, the FAEX would have to come at a significant discount to the newer FZEX in order to make it worth considering. The FAEX has a reasonably well-rounded performance profile with above average 4K speeds but it's overpriced and lags the group leaders in terms of value for money. [Nov '12 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) 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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  • - 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.
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  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
Intel Core i7-11700K $346Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $74SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $28Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $77SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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