Real World Speed
Performance profile from 93,700 user samples
2,319 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 122% 5.5TB free
Worst Bench: 68% 1.5TB free
Poor: 68% Great: 122%
SPEED RANK: 9th / 1010
91,381 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 1TB free (System drive)
Poor: 57% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
97.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+11%
88.3 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
166 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+7%
155 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
203 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+61%
126 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
4.68 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+569%
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
3.16 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+83%
1.73 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
102 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+39%
73.2 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.02 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+36%
0.75 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
174 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+14%
152 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
212 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+5%
201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
247 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+41%
175 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7.1 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+689%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.5 MB/s +3% 3.4 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
127 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+47%
86.3 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+22%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
216 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+9%
199 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 15,860,897 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.03 % 0.81 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,600%
Value
Value For Money
60.2 % 109 % Hugely better value.
+80%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % +3% 67 %
Price
Price (score)
$280 $70 Much cheaper.
+75%
Age
Newest
45 Months Much more recent.
+50%
90 Months
Capacity
Capacity
6TB 3TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $380Nvidia GTX 1070 $330Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $120Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $105
Intel Core i5-8600K $260Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $88
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $105SanDisk Extreme 64GB $43
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $716SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $120SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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