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We tested 755 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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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 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.
Samsung 860 Evo & 860 Pro SSD review: the counterattack!

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!

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!
Crucial MX500 SSD review: start of a price war?

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!
Crucial MX500 SSD review: start of a price war?

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.
Kingston DCP1000 1,6TB review: lightning-fast SSD reaches 7 GB/s

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

Intenso High Performance 120GB
23 November 2017

Intenso High Performance 120GB: The cheapest option is the best choice in our opinion

We would not recommend a 120 GB SSD in 2017. The price per gigabyte is high, the performance is low and there is little choice in this market segment. It is only an option for entry-level PCs. The cheapest option is the best choice in our opinion, which means that the Intenso High Performance receives a Great Value award.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Samsung 960 Pro 512GB
18 February 2017

Samsung 960 Pro 512GB: The fastest PCI-Express SSD of 512GB

The Samsung 960 Pro 512GB is the fastest PCI-Express SSD that you can purchase at the moment.
17 PCI-Express SSDs round-up: the fastest SSDs

Crucial MX300 2TB
8 February 2017

Crucial MX300 2TB: Reasonably well performing 2TB SSD

The Crucial MX300 SSDs perform rather well, have extra features in terms of encryption and security of the buffer memory, while they still have a pleasantly low price per gigabyte.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Crucial MX300 275GB
9 January 2017

Crucial MX300 275GB: Excellent price / performance ratio

The Crucial MX300 SSDs perform rather well, have extra features in terms of encryption and security of the buffer memory, while they still have a pleasantly low price per gigabyte.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Harddisk

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 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

Seagate BarraCuda New 4TB
10 July 2017

Seagate BarraCuda New 4TB: Good performance for a sharp price

The latest iteration of the Seagate Barracuda 4TB leaves a good impression. The latest model is faster than its predecessor, but still not noisy. In terms of pure performance the Toshiba remains the winner, but in our opinion the Seagate is a better all-round product, that also has a sharp price.
Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005) review

Toshiba N300 4TB
18 May 2017

Toshiba N300 4TB: A lot of performance for little money.

The Toshiba N300 4TB is a fast drive for relatively little money, but that is at the expense of energy consumption and noise production. If that doesn't matter, then you have a bargain purchase.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Seagate IronWolf 10TB
6 March 2017

Seagate IronWolf 10TB: First 10TB NAS HDD impresses

The Seagate IronWolf 10TB is the first NAS-drive with this capacity, and it turns out to be a lot quieter and more economic when it comes to power usage than other models in the series. The price is not that steep either, which means it definitely deserves the Excellent Choice Award
NAS HDD review: 18 models compared

Western Digital Red 3TB
6 March 2017

Western Digital Red 3TB: Best choice for a NAS

For use in a NAS it is best to use specifically optimized and validated drives. The Western Digital Red drives turn out to be unsurpassed for the combination of price, noise levels and power consumption
NAS HDD review: 18 models compared

Seagate IronWolf 4TB
6 March 2017

Seagate IronWolf 4TB: Excellent drive with great performance.

The Seagate IronWolf 4TB is about as quiet as the other silent 4TB NAS hard drives, but it is a lot faster. In combination with the reasonable price this makes it an excellent choice
NAS HDD review: 18 models compared

Western Digital Blue 4TB
27 February 2017

Western Digital Blue 4TB: Silent, energy efficient and fast enough

All in all, the WD Desk Blue 4TB is actually just as good an option as Seagate's Desktop HDD, which previously went home with an Excellent Choice-award. Therefore the Western Digital drive also receives the same award.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Toshiba MD04ACA 4TB
27 February 2017

Toshiba MD04ACA 4TB: Cheap and a little noisy but very fast

Cheap, but the performance is good and almost at the level of the X300. The noise levels are on the high side, but if you're looking for fast storage at the most attractive price per GB, the Toshiba MD04ACA400 is an excellent choice.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

Toshiba E300 3TB
27 February 2017
Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB
27 February 2017

Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB: Cheaper drive

The Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB is inexpensive and fast, but is a little less quiet than the other 3TB drives.
64 3.5 inch hard drive round-up: storage wars?

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