Real World Speed
Performance profile from 222,935 user samples
29,265 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 39% 2.5TB free
Poor: 39% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 164th / 1014
193,670 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 67% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 33% 547GB free
Poor: 33% Great: 67%
SPEED RANK: 291st / 1014
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
65.4 % Faster effective speed.
+27%
51.3 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
116 MB/s Faster read speed.
+26%
91.8 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
107 MB/s Faster write speed.
+24%
86.5 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.83 MB/s Faster random read.
+11%
0.75 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.08 MB/s Faster random write.
+27%
1.64 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
72.2 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+6%
68.3 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.88 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+42%
0.62 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
111 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+28%
86.8 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+28%
122 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+32%
111 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.65 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+15%
2.3 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
95.6 MB/s +2% 93.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+25%
0.8 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
150 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+28%
117 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 40,728,072 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.07 % 0.4 % Hugely higher market share.
+471%
Value
Value For Money
38.5 % Hugely better value.
+88%
20.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 52 % +2%
Price
Price (score)
$136 $100 Cheaper.
+26%
Age
Newest
96 Months More recent.
+23%
125 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 2TB
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The Western Digital Green (EARX) was released approximately three years ago and proved to be an extremely popular hard drive. This drive has been benchmarked by our users far more than most, currently 118 samples, so we have a relatively large set of performance data from which we can infer robust performance characteristics. With sequential read/write Lab speeds hitting the 150 MB/s mark, and more importantly, average read/write UserBenchMark (UBM) figures of 125/117 MB/s the 2011 WD Green is no longer able to compete with the newer and in many cases larger platter (1TB) drives of today. Looking at a direct comparison between the EARX and, its direct successor, the EZRX shows that the newer 2012 EZRX outperforms by around 37% in real world tests and 18% in peak Lab tests. This additional performance comes at no extra cost and makes the newer EZRX a far better choice. [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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  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
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Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-11700K $380Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $74SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $77SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $72G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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