A A measure of how well a Hard Drive responds to typical consumer access patterns. Toshiba P300 ≈ 100%.
There are a multitude of different speeds associated with any type of storage device (sequential, random, deep queue). When estimating how well a device will perform, it is essential to make reasonable assumptions about the type of access patterns that the device will be used for. Most consumer hard drives are used as a combination of storage and system drive. Following massive reductions in the price of RAM over recent years typical desktop computers now have enough RAM to cache a reasonable proportion of system files. The real world hard drive speed is weighted as 37.5% sequential read, 37.5% sequential write, 12.5% 4K read and 12.5% 4k write. This set of weights favours large files and is therefore slightly skewed towards storage drives rather than system drives (an SSD should normally be used for system drives).

 

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Intel Core i5-9400F $148Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $230Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-9600K $195AMD RX 590 $185Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $150
Intel Core i7-9700K $340Nvidia RTX 2060 $325Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $51
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $71SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $42G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $609SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $68SanDisk Extreme 16GB $24
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