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We tested 793 hard disks/ssds in the Hardware.Info test lab. This overview shows you the best hard disks/ssds according to our editorial staff, based on our most recent test results. This page is updated whenever we conclude new tests.

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SSD

Toshiba RC100 240GB
10 July 2018

Toshiba RC100 240GB: Cheap NVMe SSD for consumer use

The Toshiba OCZ RC100 offers significantly better performance than sata SSDs, while on average it's only 10 euros more expensive than a Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860 Evo of the same capacity. On the other hand, the heavy consistency test produces almost disastrous results. It is therefore very unsuitable for continuous use or use with little free space, but with regular use you will not be bothered by this.
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Intel Optane 900p 280GB (HHHL)
22 June 2018

Intel Optane 900p 280GB (HHHL): Extreme performance at an extreme price

The Intel Optane 900p is the consumer version of the previously tested data centre Optane, but in our tests it is often even faster. The performance is very high and does not go down during heavy loads - this is definitely the future of the SSD. However, for the time being you do have to pay a serious premium for that future
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Intel Optane 900p 480GB (HHHL)
22 June 2018

Intel Optane 900p 480GB (HHHL): Extreme performance at an extreme price

The Intel Optane 900p is the consumer version of the previously tested data centre Optane, but in our tests it is often even faster. The performance is very high and does not go down during heavy loads - this is definitely the future of the SSD. However, for the time being you do have to pay a serious premium for that future
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Western Digital Black 2018 NVMe 1TB
22 May 2018

Western Digital Black 2018 NVMe 1TB: Fast and power-efficient NVMe-SSD

With the WD Black 2018 NVMe, Western Digital is making a quantum leap in performance compared to its predecessor, bringing it directly to the top. What's more, the new Black is very power-efficient.
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Samsung 970 Evo 2TB
24 April 2018

Samsung 970 Evo 2TB: Faster than its predecessor with longer warranty

The Samsung 970 Evo receives the exact boost that the 960 Evo needed. The competition crawled ever closer, but mainly thanks to the higher write speeds of the 970 Evo Samsung does not need to worry about that for a while. Furthermore the warranty is extended from 3 to 5 years.
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
24 April 2018

Samsung 970 Pro 1TB: The fastest M.2 SSD

The Samsung 970 Pro writes faster than its predecessor, especially when it comes to steady-state operation. If you compare it to the regular m.2-form factor, then the Samsung 970 Pro is the fastest SSD you can buy. However, we regret that the warranty was not extended as was the case with the 970 Evo.
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB
24 April 2018

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB: Faster than its predecessor with longer warranty

The Samsung 970 Evo receives the exact boost that the 960 Evo needed. The competition crawled ever closer, but mainly thanks to the higher write speeds of the 970 Evo Samsung does not need to worry about that for a while. Furthermore the warranty is extended from 3 to 5 years.
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Samsung 970 Evo 1TB
24 April 2018

Samsung 970 Evo 1TB: Faster than its predecessor with longer warranty

The Samsung 970 Evo receives the exact boost that the 960 Evo needed. The competition crawled ever closer, but mainly thanks to the higher write speeds of the 970 Evo Samsung does not need to worry about that for a while. Furthermore the warranty is extended from 3 to 5 years.
Samsung 970 Evo & 970 Pro SSD review

Intel Optane DC P4800X 750GB (HHHL)
29 January 2018

Intel Optane DC P4800X 750GB (HHHL): The first 3D XPoint SSD turns out to be extremely fast

Years after the first announcement of 3D XPoint memory, we finally tested the first full-fledged SSD with this new type of memory. The performance is without a doubt ultimate, but it is very expensive.
[Pro] Intel Optane DC P4800X 750GB review: first 3D XPoint SSD tested

Samsung 860 Evo 1TB
23 January 2018

Samsung 860 Evo 1TB: Admittedly somewhat pricey, but also fast SATA SSD

The Samsung 860 Evo costs a little more than its competitors, but overall offers slightly better performance and scores even much better in terms of consistency.
Samsung 860 Evo & 860 Pro SSD review: the counterattack!

Samsung 860 Evo 500GB
23 January 2018

Samsung 860 Evo 500GB: Admittedly somewhat pricey, but also fast SATA SSD

The Samsung 860 Evo costs a little more than its competitors, but overall offers slightly better performance and scores even much better in terms of consistency.
Samsung 860 Evo & 860 Pro SSD review: the counterattack!

Samsung 860 Evo 250GB
23 January 2018

Samsung 860 Evo 250GB: Admittedly somewhat pricey, but also fast SATA SSD

The Samsung 860 Evo costs a little more than its competitors, but overall offers slightly better performance and scores even much better in terms of consistency.
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Crucial MX500 1TB
20 January 2018

Crucial MX500 1TB: Fast, affordable and a long warranty period

Crucial has introduced with the MX500 SSDs worthy successors to the very popular MX300 series. Good performance, a longer warranty of five years and competitive prices: the Crucial MX500 is a must!
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Crucial MX500 500GB
20 January 2018

Crucial MX500 500GB: Fast, affordable and a long warranty period

Crucial has introduced with the MX500 SSDs worthy successors to the very popular MX300 series. Good performance, a longer warranty of five years and competitive prices: the Crucial MX500 is a must!
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Kingston DCP1000 1.6TB
8 December 2017

Kingston DCP1000 1.6TB: Lightning-fast data center SSD

The Kingston DCP1000 is, without a doubt, the fastest SSD we have ever tested. The steady state Continuous activity tests is where it really shines by keeping up the same high speeds over long period of time. This is what makes it the perfect drive for high usage servers.
Flash storage for everyone: 67 SSDs round-up

Samsung 850 Evo 250GB
23 November 2017

Samsung 850 Evo 250GB: The 850 Evo 250GB combines good performance with a long warranty

The 860 Evo 250GB is an excellent choice in our opinion. Mainly the good performance and long warranty appeal to us.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Harddisk

Seagate BarraCuda New 3TB
1 March 2018

Seagate BarraCuda New 3TB: Good performance for a competitive price

The latest iteration of the Seagate Barracuda leaves a good impression. The new model is faster than its predecessor, but still not loud. The competitive price makes up for it.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Seagate BarraCuda New 2TB
1 March 2018

Seagate BarraCuda New 2TB: Good performance for a competitive price

The latest iteration of the Seagate Barracuda leaves a good impression. The new model is faster than its predecessor, but still not loud. The competitive price makes up for it.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Seagate IronWolf 6TB (128MB Cache)
1 March 2018

Seagate IronWolf 6TB (128MB Cache): NAS drive with other qualities

We can appreciate the Seagate Ironwolf 6TB, as it has excellent performance and a good price. Despite the fact that it is actually an NAS drive, we wouldn't use it for this because of the high noise production and high energy consumption.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB
1 March 2018

Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB: Cheaper drive

The Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB is inexpensive and fast, but is a little less quiet than the other drives.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB
1 March 2018

Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB: Cheaper drive

The Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB is inexpensive and fast, but is a little less quiet than the other drives.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Western Digital Red 10TB
1 March 2018

Western Digital Red 10TB: Best choice for a NAS

For use in a NAS, it is best to use optimized and validated drives specifically for this purpose. The Western Digital Red disks remain unsurpassed for the combination of price, sound production and power consumption.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Seagate IronWolf 12TB
24 December 2017

Seagate IronWolf 12TB: Storage king with excellent price-performance ratio

The Seagate Ironwolf 12TB is a fast storage king with an excellent price-performance ratio. You should only spend a bit more if you want a longer warranty period.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB
1 November 2017

Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB: The biggest and fastest hard disk drive

The Barracuda Pro 12TB is not only the biggest, but also the fastest hard drive that we have ever tested. More good news? It is efficient as well!
Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB review: the biggest hard drive ever

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