Average Bench: 18% (990th of 1015)

Based on 1,962 user benchmarks.  Models: ST9160821AS, ST916082 1AS, ST916082 ST9160821AS

Terrible average bench

The Seagate ST9160821AS 160GB averaged 82.0% 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 0.48MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.43MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST9160821AS 160GB is just 17%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Seagate ST9160821AS 160GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 23.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 29.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,962 samples)
Min Avg Max
9.28 Read 32.7 43.4
12.2 Write 32.5 43.3
10.7 Mixed 23.8 29.7
11.6 SusWrite 29.7 42.6
21.9% 29.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.1 4K Read 0.43 0.5
0.2 4K Write 0.61 0.8
0.1 4K Mixed 0.48 0.6
82.4% 0.51 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
149GB free
Firmware: 4101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 44 42 44 44 44 44 MB/s
Read 45
Write 45.5
Mixed 28.2
SusWrite 43.6
30% 40.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.5
89% 0.57 MB/s
148GB free
Firmware: 3.ALD
SusWrite @10s intervals: 41 40 41 42 39 40 MB/s
Read 42.3
Write 39.4
Mixed 29.2
SusWrite 40.5
28% 37.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.6
99% 0.57 MB/s
137GB free
Firmware: 3.CDE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 42 42 42 42 42 42 MB/s
Read 40.7
Write 40
Mixed 28.2
SusWrite 42
28% 37.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.5
89% 0.57 MB/s
140GB free
Firmware: 3.BHE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 28 28 28 28 28 28 MB/s
Read 43
Write 39.7
Mixed 30
SusWrite 28.1
26% 35.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.6
100% 0.6 MB/s
149GB free
Firmware: 3.BHE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 18 18 20 17 19 19 MB/s
Read 40.3
Write 22
Mixed 21.2
SusWrite 18.4
19% 25.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.4
74% 0.47 MB/s
120GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.AL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 29 30 33 35 33 31 MB/s
Read 25.7
Write 30.8
Mixed 21.2
SusWrite 32
20% 27.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.5
86% 0.5 MB/s
53GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.BHE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 20 24 13 19 11 17 MB/s
Read 13.8
Write 15.3
Mixed 15.5
SusWrite 17.3
12% 15.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.3
55% 0.37 MB/s
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Typical ST9160821AS 160GB Builds (Compare 29 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 11%
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Desktop
Desktop 44%
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Workstation
Workstation 18%
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System: Sony VGN-AR51M

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 16% - Very poor Total price: $88

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