Average Bench: 60.9% (186th of 1015)

Based on 82,001 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 1.11MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.49MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is 38.3%. 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 63MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 80.5MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 82,001 samples)
Min Avg Max
53.5 Read 106 137
24.8 Write 80.5 142
37.7 Mixed 63 73.5
67.2 SusWrite 106 137
65.3% 88.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.8 0.9
1.7 4K Write 2.49 3.2
0.7 4K Mixed 1.11 1.3
202% 1.47 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
751GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 138 137 137 128 121 124 MB/s
Read 140
Write 126
Mixed 71.2
SusWrite 131
86% 117 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.1
213% 1.63 MB/s
694GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 138 136 136 137 127 MB/s
Read 126
Write 146
Mixed 69.7
SusWrite 133
87% 119 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.2
217% 1.53 MB/s
41GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 131 133 133 133 133 MB/s
Read 123
Write 45
Mixed 73.2
SusWrite 128
68% 92.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1.2
230% 1.77 MB/s
744GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1AJ10002
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 73 104 105 114 123 MB/s
Read 113
Write 107
Mixed 74
SusWrite 102
73% 98.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
181% 1.3 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,870,927 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $89 @ launch in Oct '09
AmazonUS $702 mins
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Typical Spinpoint F3 1TB Builds (Compare 43,303 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 30%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $501

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 Comments

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Added 5 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

13 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

9 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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