Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,408,988 user samples
50,300 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 74% 875GB free
Worst Bench: 34% 583GB free
Poor: 34% Great: 74%
SPEED RANK: 222nd / 1015
1,358,688 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 112% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 719GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 112%
SPEED RANK: 35th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
57 % 87.8 % Much faster effective speed.
+54%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
104 MB/s 158 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+52%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
98 MB/s 133 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+36%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s +3% 0.77 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.01 MB/s Faster random write.
+23%
1.63 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
72.3 MB/s 75.5 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.84 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+11%
0.76 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
94.9 MB/s 149 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+57%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
133 MB/s 200 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+50%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
125 MB/s 186 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+49%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+30%
1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+19%
2.1 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
101 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+13%
89.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
126 MB/s 198 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+57%
Market Share
Based on 39,620,029 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.13 % 4.84 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,623%
Value
Value For Money
19 % 60.6 % Hugely better value.
+219%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 58 % More popular.
+14%
Price
Price (score)
$60 $29 Much cheaper.
+52%
Age
Newest
129 Months 116 Months More recent.
+10%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 1TB
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The WD Blue EALX (2010) is sold as an all round desktop drive. This model is nearly four years old now and can't compete against the newer competition. WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX. Comparing the EALX and EZEX reveals that the newer EZEX drive is approximately 30% faster yet both drives still retail for almost the same price. With average sequential read/write speeds of 109/97 MB/s the EALX lags the group leaders by 40%. Average small file 4K performance clocks in at 0.67/1.85 MB/s which is again around 40% slower than the top ten group leaders. With an effective speed of just 102 MB/s the 2010 WD Blue lags its peers by 34%. There are both cheaper and faster alternatives available elsewhere. [Mar '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) July 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

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  • 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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Intel Core i5-11400F $239Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-11700K $380Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $85SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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