Average Bench: 96.3% (9th of 984)

Based on 9,146 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 3.6% 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. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 155MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 176MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) is 41.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.65MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,146 samples)
Min Avg Max
123 Read 176 206
112 Write 160 187
105 Mixed 155 180
123% 164 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.37 4K Read 0.65 0.8
1.12 4K Write 1.53 1.83
0.15 4K Mixed 0.2 0.25
78.3% 0.8 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
3TB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 172
Write 167
Mixed 166
127% 168 MB/s
4K Read 0.78
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.18
84% 0.89 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 173
Write 150
Mixed 160
121% 161 MB/s
4K Read 0.66
4K Write 1.64
4K Mixed 0.22
82% 0.84 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 158
Write 159
Mixed 152
118% 156 MB/s
4K Read 0.76
4K Write 1.83
4K Mixed 0.22
90% 0.94 MB/s
804GB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 157
Write 153
Mixed 150
116% 154 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 1.52
4K Mixed 0.24
87% 0.84 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 148
Write 102
Mixed 125
94% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.38
4K Write 0.51
4K Mixed 0.19
46% 0.36 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,810,075 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $90 @ launch in Sep '16
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Typical Barracuda 3TB (2016) Builds (Compare 9,892 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 108%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 73%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270E GAMING - $199

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Excellent Total price: $1,364

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 Comments

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

Added 13 months ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

Extremely high failure rates, do not buy


Good

7 months ago.

etyrtgsrtget


Excellent

24 days 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

1 month 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

12 months ago.


Excellent

11 months ago.

Best bang for the buck!


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