Average Bench: 17.5% (992nd of 1015)

Based on 2,793 user benchmarks.  Models: ST9160821AS, ST916082 1AS, ST916082 ST9160821AS

Terrible average bench

The Seagate ST9160821AS 160GB averaged 82.5% 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 0.42MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST9160821AS 160GB is just 17.4%. 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 23.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 29MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,793 samples)
Min Avg Max
9.24 Read 31.7 43.3
11.1 Write 31.8 43.4
10.5 Mixed 23.2 29.5
11.7 SusWrite 29 42.8
21.3% 28.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.1 4K Read 0.42 0.5
0.2 4K Write 0.6 0.8
0.1 4K Mixed 0.48 0.6
81.5% 0.5 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
99GB free
Firmware: 3.BHE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 38 38 38 38 38 37 MB/s
Read 43.2
Write 44
Mixed 29.5
SusWrite 37.8
28% 38.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.6
102% 0.63 MB/s
114GB free
Firmware: 3.AXC
SusWrite @10s intervals: 40 40 40 40 41 40 MB/s
Read 40.7
Write 35.6
Mixed 29
SusWrite 40.2
27% 36.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
88% 0.53 MB/s
116GB free
Firmware: 3.ALC
SusWrite @10s intervals: 38 39 37 40 39 39 MB/s
Read 41.7
Write 39
Mixed 28.2
SusWrite 38.7
27% 36.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.4
76% 0.5 MB/s
98GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.CDE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 37 36 32 38 37 37 MB/s
Read 37.9
Write 39.3
Mixed 28.1
SusWrite 36.2
26% 35.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.6
102% 0.63 MB/s
50GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.BHE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 18 12 17 24 26 27 MB/s
Read 33.8
Write 27.4
Mixed 24.6
SusWrite 20.7
20% 26.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
88% 0.53 MB/s
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.BHE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 13 18 14 16 15 22 MB/s
Read 32
Write 31.7
Mixed 21.2
SusWrite 16.3
19% 25.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.6
86% 0.47 MB/s
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.BHE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 14 16 16 12 16 20 MB/s
Read 31.8
Write 27.8
Mixed 16
SusWrite 15.6
17% 22.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.4
70% 0.47 MB/s
6GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.ALC
SusWrite @10s intervals: 18 18 20 21 20 18 MB/s
Read 21
Write 22.2
Mixed 17.6
SusWrite 19
15% 20 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.4
72% 0.47 MB/s
13GB free
Firmware: 3.ALE
SusWrite @10s intervals: 24 24 24 25 24 24 MB/s
Read 7.2
Write 8
Mixed 12.7
SusWrite 24.4
10% 13.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.3
67% 0.53 MB/s
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Typical ST9160821AS 160GB Builds (Compare 101 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 39%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

System: Dell Inspiron 1720

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 28% - Poor Total price: $96

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