Storage Devices FAQ

Q What does MBps mean?

A MBps and MB/s refer to megabytes per second which are units of data transfer speed.
Data transfer speeds measure how quickly data can be moved between different locations. Megabytes per second are often confused with megabits per second which are abbreviated by Mb/s or Mbps, the lower case b stands for bit. A megabyte is eight times larger than a megabit so a megabyte per second is eight times faster than a megabit per second. Network device speeds are generally discussed in terms of megabits but for storage devices megabytes are the more common unit. In order to work out read/write speed in MBps a file is read/written to a device. Dividing the size of the file in megabytes by the time taken in seconds gives the MBps read/write speed. For example if it takes 10 seconds to write a 100 megabyte file, the transfer speed is 10 MBps. There are lots of free benchmarking programs specifically designed to measure transfer speed. Some of the most popular and oldest disk benchmarks are Crystalmark, Atto and the more recent UBM. These utilities provide a safe and easy way to benchmark flash drives, regular hard disks and solid state drives.

The Best.
Intel Core i7-7700K $310Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $330AMD RX 480 $195Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $135
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $177
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $130SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
Today's hottest deals
User Guide  •  About  •  FAQs  •  @Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer Feedback