Average Bench: 98.2% (15th of 1010)

Based on 17,940 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3000DM008-2DM166, ST3000DM008-2DM1, ST3000DM 008-2DM166, ST3000DM ST3000DM008-2DM1, Seagate ST3000DM008-2DM1

The new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Excellent average bench

The Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) averaged just 1.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.76MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 172MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) is 51.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 77.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.69MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 17,940 samples)
Min Avg Max
113 Read 172 206
86.3 Write 142 184
46.8 Mixed 77.3 88.2
96 SusWrite 170 204
103% 140 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.69 0.8
1.27 4K Write 1.61 1.9
0.57 4K Mixed 0.76 0.9
143% 1.02 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 193 196 198 195 197 197 MB/s
Read 182
Write 142
Mixed 83.7
SusWrite 196
110% 151 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
146% 1 MB/s
4TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 177 177 179 180 180 180 MB/s
Read 185
Write 148
Mixed 84.5
SusWrite 179
109% 149 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 177 178 177 177 178 MB/s
Read 184
Write 144
Mixed 68
SusWrite 176
104% 143 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
151% 1.1 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $90 @ launch in Sep '16
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Typical Barracuda 3TB (2016) Builds (Compare 12,577 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 108%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270E GAMING - $280

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 102% - Outstanding Total price: $1,367

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 Comments

Versatile, fast, dependable. The fiercest drive you've ever met....

Added 18 months ago.

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1 day ago.

Extremely high failure rates, do not buy


Excellent

5 months ago.

I bought this new HDD for all my data accumulated in 15 years. Almost 2T of data. I have a lot of data types: zip, office, eml, rar, pdf, mod, waw, mov, png, jpg, etc, etc.... Smoothly transferred all data . I dont received any failure yet. I hope will not in future! :)


Terrible

6 months ago.

With, after under four years of not so intensive use in a Synology DS413J NAS, a failure rate of 100% for the two Seagate ST3000DM001 drives I used in it , it is safe to say that this Barracuda series was a total disaster as is also seconded by many internet testimonials. So whether this drive was the fastest or not is totally irrelevant if it proves to be as unreliable as it is. Needles to say I think that I didn't replace them by other Seagate drives. The Hitachi 3TB drives I'm also using in the same NAS ran (an still run !) consistently cooler. Shame on you Seagate.


Good

17 months ago.


Excellent

15 months ago.

Best bang for the buck!


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