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3-4TB performance Drive Comparision

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Nero-One, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. Nero-One


    Joined: Oct 2, 2016

    Posts: 17

    I need a 3TB drive for my main documents / scratch disk and want the best "real-world" performance; not exactly throughout like coping large amounts to and from though that is obviously important but more "random access speed" so i guess IOPS?

    I would be fine with the 3TB Toshiba P300 - HDWD130UZSVA

    But then the 4TB Toshiba P300 has 128mg cache - HDWE140EZSTA

    And a step further the 4TB WD Black has 256GB cache - WD4005FZBX

    I know that cache size is not everything but was wondering which drive people would recommend

    I do have a penchant for quite drives but don’t mind a bit of noise if the performance gain is worth it

    Price isn’t exactly an issue but don’t want to waste money on a drive which isn’t worth marginal gains

    Thanks for any help
  2. APM

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 9, 2011

    Posts: 1,354

    Location: Wales

    I've been using the Toshiba for over a year as the main import/export drive on my machine here and it works quietly enough for me,maybe not the best write speeds but will copy over 10GB files in a few minutes.
  3. Armadillo


    Joined: Feb 29, 2004

    Posts: 3,363

    I'd get the toshiba. Don't mind noise when active, but the thud/click noise that the new blacks do every 5s when idling is awful. Apparently something to do with pwl, but it's annoying.
  4. Vimes


    Joined: Oct 15, 2005

    Posts: 4,122

    Location: Manchester

    I asked a friend a very similar question recently as I knew that he had a 4TB WD Black.

    Her told me that eventually he swapped out the black for a Toshiba x300 drive.

    His opinion was that the Toshiba seems just as capable but infinitely more quiet over that of the very noisy Black.
  5. andy_mk3


    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 7,969

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Might be worth considering an SSD cache drive to go with it? Intel optane or similar if your board supports it. Can make a massive difference.
  6. Nero-One


    Joined: Oct 2, 2016

    Posts: 17

    Thanks for the suggestions...

    Lastly would there be any noticeable real-wrold performance gains from the 3TB version which has 64mb Cache vs the 4TB version with has 128mb Cache?