Average Bench: 45% (401st of 1015)

Based on 19,294 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500414CS, ST350041 ST3500414CS, ST350041 4CS

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST3500414CS 500GB averaged 55.0% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.73MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.49MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500414CS 500GB is 45.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate ST3500414CS 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 46.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 75.9MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 19,294 samples)
Min Avg Max
16.3 Read 80.8 108
21.4 Write 80.2 107
17.6 Mixed 46.2 58.6
22.2 SusWrite 75.9 108
51.9% 70.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.55 0.7
0.68 4K Write 1.49 1.8
0.38 4K Mixed 0.73 0.9
131% 0.92 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
395GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 104 105 106 107 106 MB/s
Read 108
Write 102
Mixed 58.3
SusWrite 105
68% 93.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
145% 1.03 MB/s
463GB free
Firmware: CA14
SusWrite @10s intervals: 106 107 107 109 108 108 MB/s
Read 104
Write 100
Mixed 54.7
SusWrite 108
67% 91.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.7
129% 0.9 MB/s
258GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 75 77 77 76 77 MB/s
Read 90.9
Write 88.3
Mixed 48.9
SusWrite 76.2
56% 76.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
144% 1 MB/s
314GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 55 57 64 59 59 65 MB/s
Read 96.8
Write 47.2
Mixed 38.9
SusWrite 59.7
44% 60.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.9
155% 1.03 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 39,053,694 HDDs tested.

Typical ST3500414CS 500GB Builds (Compare 7,241 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 5%
Tree trunk
Desktop 63%
Workstation 4%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Intel H61

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Very good Total price: $198

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