Real World Speed
Performance profile from 111,061 user samples
61,679 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 44% 3TB free
Poor: 44% Great: 88%
SPEED RANK: 144th / 1015
49,382 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 41% 93GB free
Poor: 41% Great: 89%
SPEED RANK: 142nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67.6 % 67.6 % +0%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
122 MB/s 124 MB/s +2%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s +1% 112 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 0.95 MB/s Faster random read.
+19%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s 2.36 MB/s +3%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.3 MB/s 79.1 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.89 MB/s 0.93 MB/s +4%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
113 MB/s +2% 111 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
162 MB/s +1% 160 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
148 MB/s +1% 147 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+20%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s 2.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
98.1 MB/s 102 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+10%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
149 MB/s 150 MB/s +1%
Market Share
Based on 40,764,862 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % 0.21 % +5%
Value
Value For Money
47.8 % Much better value.
+48%
32.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % +2% 51 %
Price
Price (score)
$85 $42 Much cheaper.
+51%
Age
Newest
110 Months 76 Months Much more recent.
+31%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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With peak sequential read/write speeds of 140 and averages of 120 MB/s the 3TB WD Red is around 25% slower than the group leaders. If the Red is used in a NAS (Network Attached Storage), that won't make much difference because the vast majority of home networks still operate at Fast Ethernet (~10 MB/s), even users with faster Gigabit (~100 MB/s) networks will be limited by their network bandwidth before the drive. I could assume that any of our drives are for use in a NAS but that of course doesn't excuse sub-par performance because they could equally be used in a desktop. It's true that the power consumption (4.4W) on the Red is lower than average (6W) but the performance hit isn't justified. Even assuming continuous usage, those extra couple of watts for something like the Seagate Baracuda 7200.14 amount to a few pounds a year at most. At £133 this dive is both overpriced and offers sub-optimal performance. [Feb '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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  • 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.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
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  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
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Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-11700K $394Nvidia 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) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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