Average Bench: 58.8% (209th of 1010)

Based on 52,445 user benchmarks.  Models: SAMSUNG HD103SJ, ST1000DM005 HD103SJ, SAMSUNG HD103SJ SCSI Disk Device (TurboPC EX), ST1000DM 005 HD103SJ, ST1000DM 005

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is over four years old and one of the oldest drives that we have included in our group tests. The reason for its inclusion is that it was once one of the best hard drives available and we have seen more user benchmarks for this drive than any other. The price of this drive has fluctuated significantly over its epic four year life span and current prices do not reflect the great value for money that this drive once represented. In today's market the F3 struggles to keep up with the group leaders both in terms of performance and price. With an effective speed rating of 116 MB/s the F3 is one of the slowest 1TB drives in our group test. There are clearly newer and better alternatives available at this time. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]


Average average bench

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB averaged 41.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.06MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.45MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is 45.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 61.4MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 79.9MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 52,445 samples)
Min Avg Max
40 Read 103 135
24.3 Write 79.9 145
35.8 Mixed 61.4 72.9
44.8 SusWrite 101 136
63.6% 86.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.79 0.9
1.5 4K Write 2.45 3.1
0.53 4K Mixed 1.06 1.3
196% 1.43 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
428GB free
Firmware: 1AJ100E4
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 103 101 102 103 100 MB/s
Read 116
Write 115
Mixed 68.5
SusWrite 102
74% 100 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.2
217% 1.53 MB/s
378GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10002
SusWrite @10s intervals: 63 63 65 65 65 65 MB/s
Read 107
Write 122
Mixed 68.2
SusWrite 64.2
67% 90.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
194% 1.5 MB/s
844GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 82 80 80 79 80 80 MB/s
Read 76.5
Write 36.7
Mixed 50.8
SusWrite 80.3
45% 61.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
183% 1.3 MB/s
25GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 95 98 98 99 98 MB/s
Read 52.8
Write 60.5
Mixed 11.5
SusWrite 97.3
40% 55.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
186% 1.27 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,256,163 HDDs tested.


Approx. $89 @ launch in Oct '09
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Typical Spinpoint F3 1TB Builds (Compare 27,346 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop 58%
Workstation 23%

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $367

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1 month ago.

Running strong for 8 years now. Probably jinxed it though.


18 months ago.

I am using for three years and works fluently.But a little bit old drive.


20 months ago.

I am using for four years and works fluently this is good disk


20 months ago.

This is oldest drive I have at home, with SMART information telling me that it has been running for 58653 hours (6.6 years) with temp range of 13-53 degrees C, 78 power cycles, and no raw, seek, ecc, UDMA, or pending errors ever. This drive turned out to be excellent quality.


14 months ago.

HDD has been spinning for 951 days now and it has 0 errors. The write/read speed is still around 110/140. Only thing is, that it's louder as it's really old now.


4 years ago.

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