Average Bench: 97% (10th of 1015)

more Based on 44,050 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3000DM008-2DM166, ST3000DM008-2DM1, ST3000DM 008-2DM166, ST3000DM ST3000DM008-2DM1, Seagate ST3000DM008-2DM1, ST3000DM 008

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 2.9% 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 171MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) is 55.7%. 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 77.1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.69MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 44,050 samples)
Min Avg Max
102 Read 171 205
76.5 Write 138 182
52.6 Mixed 77.1 87.8
100 SusWrite 168 202
101% 138 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.69 0.8
1.3 4K Write 1.62 1.9
0.6 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%
2TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 194 197 199 200 197 198 MB/s
Read 198
Write 151
Mixed 83.5
SusWrite 197
115% 157 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
151% 1.1 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 197 195 200 200 200 201 MB/s
Read 194
Write 156
Mixed 86.2
SusWrite 199
116% 159 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 166 168 169 168 168 168 MB/s
Read 162
Write 128
Mixed 81
SusWrite 168
99% 135 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
778GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 141 142 142 143 143 144 MB/s
Read 149
Write 125
Mixed 70.2
SusWrite 143
89% 122 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
151% 1.1 MB/s
834GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 134 131 132 138 142 MB/s
Read 144
Write 144
Mixed 68
SusWrite 135
90% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.6
126% 0.97 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,269,363 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $90 @ launch in Sep '16
EbayUS $756 mins
AmazonUS $801 day
BHPhotoUS $8517 months
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Typical Barracuda 3TB (2016) Builds (Compare 25,247 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 112%
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Desktop
Desktop 114%
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Workstation
Workstation 92%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,590

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 Comments

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

Added 2 years ago.

Excellent

19 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

19 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

2 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Best bang for the buck!


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