Average Bench: 46.3% (385th of 1015)

Based on 34,461 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500312CS, ST3500312CS-1CT162, ST350031 ST3500312CS, ST350031 2CS

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB averaged 53.7% 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 0.72MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.54MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB is 41.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 46.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 77.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 34,461 samples)
Min Avg Max
22.4 Read 83.8 109
26.8 Write 82.7 106
21 Mixed 46.3 57.7
22.2 SusWrite 77.2 109
53.2% 72.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.52 0.6
0.9 4K Write 1.54 1.8
0.4 4K Mixed 0.72 0.9
130% 0.93 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
334GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 107 109 106 105 105 MB/s
Read 107
Write 107
Mixed 52.6
SusWrite 107
68% 93.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
128% 0.93 MB/s
447GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 104 104 105 106 106 MB/s
Read 92
Write 102
Mixed 52
SusWrite 103
64% 87.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.9
150% 1 MB/s
315GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 89 93 93 93 93 MB/s
Read 103
Write 93.9
Mixed 51.5
SusWrite 91.9
62% 85 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
145% 1.03 MB/s
217GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 78 78 80 80 80 MB/s
Read 101
Write 89
Mixed 51.2
SusWrite 79
59% 80.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
144% 1 MB/s
419GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 63 73 81 86 87 97 MB/s
Read 93.8
Write 92.2
Mixed 50.4
SusWrite 81.1
58% 79.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
141% 1 MB/s
440GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 57 55 64 91 90 97 MB/s
Read 88.5
Write 103
Mixed 53.5
SusWrite 75.6
59% 80.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.9
156% 1.07 MB/s
85GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 90 91 92 91 91 MB/s
Read 68.3
Write 66.8
Mixed 43.3
SusWrite 90.4
49% 67.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 0.97 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 52 74 21 39 74 80 MB/s
Read 97.3
Write 101
Mixed 51.5
SusWrite 56.6
56% 76.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.9
150% 1 MB/s
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Typical ST3500312CS 500GB Builds (Compare 47,620 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 32%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $452

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