Component resiliency: hard drives and PSU

Hardware France has been publishing statistics of the resilience of desktop PCs key components.  They have been reviewing graphics cards, operative memory modules, processors, motherboards, hard drives, solid state drives, and power supply units. The following summary concerns hard drives and power supplies. 

Hard Drives

Hard drive manufacturers show decent quality control. The leader among them, Seagate, and the outsider, HGST, are separated only by tenths. Seagate received 0.72% of the production back as faulty, while HGST received 1.13%. However, among the individual devices the picture is more dramatic. Both Seagate Archive HDD 8TB and HGST Travelstar 5K1000 1TB failed in  3,48% of cases. Toshiba X300 5TB “scored” in 3,42%, WD Red WD60EFRX 6TB – in 3,37%, and WD Red Pro WD4001FFSX 4TB – in 3.06%.

SSD

Marketers claim that Solid State Drives are more reliable than a traditional Hard Disk Drives. However, the figures tell us the different story. General production was relatively stable. The highest return rate belonged to Corsair (1,62%). However, some individual devices did cause some troubles. Corsair Neutron XT 240GB failed in 8,21% of cases. Almost every 20th Corsair Neutron XT 480GB was returned. While Sandisk Ultra II 960GB failed in 3,17% of cases.

Power Supply Units

Statistics regarding PSUs revealed certain problems with Seasonic and Cooler Master. The failure rate for those was 2,02% and 3,47% correspondingly. Among the individual devices, Cooler Master G650M 80 PLUS Bronze failed in 6,32% of cases. Every 20th Cooler Master G750M 80 PLUS Bronze was returned back, while Cooler Master B600 ver.2 80 PLUS failed in 4,43%.

As a competitive London computer repair service, we monitor such information. We aim to provide the best IT support and use the most reliable components.