Average Bench: 60.9% (185th of 1015)

Based on 74,459 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]

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Above average average bench

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB averaged 39.0% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.08MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.44MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is 36.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 61.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 80MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 74,459 samples)
Min Avg Max
60 Read 107 137
23.9 Write 80 145
33.4 Mixed 61.7 73
66.8 SusWrite 105 137
65% 88.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.56 4K Read 0.79 0.9
1.5 4K Write 2.44 3.1
0.6 4K Mixed 1.08 1.3
198% 1.44 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
255GB free
Firmware: 1AJ100E4
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 98 99 99 101 100 MB/s
Read 142
Write 45.5
Mixed 73.5
SusWrite 99.7
67% 90.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.1
215% 1.67 MB/s
140GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 117 117 118 110 98 MB/s
Read 118
Write 123
Mixed 67.5
SusWrite 113
77% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.2
217% 1.53 MB/s
504GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 109 110 115 120 116 MB/s
Read 102
Write 144
Mixed 71.5
SusWrite 113
79% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.2
208% 1.53 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,415,197 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $89 @ launch in Oct '09
AmazonUS $7026 mins
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Typical Spinpoint F3 1TB Builds (Compare 39,904 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $540

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We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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 Comments

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Added 5 years ago.

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11 months ago.

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


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

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


Good

2 years 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.


Excellent

7 months ago.

Can not complain. Running still after 6 years of usage and did not have one single error. However, over the time it got louder and louder and for these days standarts a bit slow, so switching it out to a newer one is not a bad idea.


Good

2 years 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.


Poor

5 years ago.


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