Average Bench: 59.2% (195th of 1015)

Based on 138,859 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 40.8% 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 2.48MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is 35.9%. 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 62.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 86.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 138,859 samples)
Min Avg Max
52.8 Read 97.6 129
24.9 Write 86.2 143
39.3 Mixed 62.8 75.2
73.3 SusWrite 108 138
65.2% 88.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.79 0.9
1.62 4K Write 2.48 3.2
0.7 4K Mixed 1.08 1.3
199% 1.45 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
814GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 128 128 127 126 128 129 MB/s
Read 117
Write 67.4
Mixed 72.8
SusWrite 128
71% 96.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.1
206% 1.53 MB/s
810GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 122 121 123 122 121 MB/s
Read 109
Write 144
Mixed 70.6
SusWrite 122
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1.2
226% 1.73 MB/s
260GB free
Firmware: 1AJ100E5
SusWrite @10s intervals: 112 112 109 111 112 113 MB/s
Read 83
Write 89.3
Mixed 56.4
SusWrite 112
62% 85.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.3 MB/s
387GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 77 77 77 78 74 MB/s
Read 104
Write 132
Mixed 69.5
SusWrite 77.2
70% 95.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1.2
228% 1.73 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 48,531,463 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $89 @ launch in Oct '09
AmazonUS $901 day
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Typical Spinpoint F3 1TB Builds (Compare 14,653 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 98%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 92%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $863

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 Comments

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Added 9 years ago.

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3 years ago.

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


Poor

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

20 months ago.

Still going strong after 12 years, one of the best HDDs I ever had and I've had a lot.


Good

6 years ago.

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


Good

6 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

4 years 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

5 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

9 years ago.


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