Average Bench: 97.3% (7th of 1015)

more Based on 44,967 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 2.6% 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. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.77MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 171MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) is 48.7%. 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 77.9MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.69MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 44,967 samples)
Min Avg Max
114 Read 171 204
83.2 Write 138 180
60.5 Mixed 77.9 87.5
109 SusWrite 168 204
102% 139 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 0.77 0.9
145% 1.03 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 202 206 204 207 206 208 MB/s
Read 202
Write 157
Mixed 88.4
SusWrite 206
119% 163 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 193 193 196 197 195 196 MB/s
Read 202
Write 150
Mixed 84
SusWrite 195
115% 158 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
151% 1.1 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 174 171 175 177 176 178 MB/s
Read 173
Write 108
Mixed 40.5
SusWrite 175
90% 124 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
96% 0.6 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 92 98 100 96 102 98 MB/s
Read 165
Write 133
Mixed 78.6
SusWrite 97.7
87% 119 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
127% 0.87 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 123 125 125 125 125 MB/s
Read 116
Write 77.7
Mixed 63.7
SusWrite 124
70% 95.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.9
157% 1.03 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $90 @ launch in Sep '16
AmazonUS $8311 mins
BHPhotoUS $8519 months
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Typical Barracuda 3TB (2016) Builds (Compare 26,652 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 111%
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Desktop
Desktop 113%
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Workstation
Workstation 92%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $350

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,632

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 Comments

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

Added 2 years ago.

Excellent

20 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

21 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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