Average Bench: 46.2% (369th of 1015)

Based on 89,637 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500312CS, ST3500312CS-1CT162, ST3500312CS-9GW132, 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 0.71MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.55MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB is 37.6%. 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 47MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 80MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 89,637 samples)
Min Avg Max
19.4 Read 80.8 105
26.7 Write 81.5 106
20.9 Mixed 47 57.5
24.3 SusWrite 80 108
53.1% 72.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.53 0.6
1.1 4K Write 1.55 1.8
0.5 4K Mixed 0.71 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%
460GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 113 112 114 113 112 MB/s
Read 99.2
Write 106
Mixed 57.8
SusWrite 112
69% 93.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
143% 1.03 MB/s
135GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 101 101 105 101 105 MB/s
Read 95.8
Write 102
Mixed 53.8
SusWrite 102
65% 88.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 1 MB/s
278GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 95 95 95 96 97 MB/s
Read 82.9
Write 84
Mixed 47.5
SusWrite 95.3
57% 77.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.7
130% 0.93 MB/s
234GB free
Firmware: ES13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 89 89 90 91 90 MB/s
Read 86.7
Write 84.4
Mixed 49.2
SusWrite 89.4
57% 77.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
143% 1.03 MB/s
273GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 79 83 95 98 97 102 MB/s
Read 73.2
Write 75.7
Mixed 47.5
SusWrite 92.1
53% 72.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
139% 0.97 MB/s
245GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 64 71 71 71 69 72 MB/s
Read 60.4
Write 52.3
Mixed 43.3
SusWrite 69.7
42% 56.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.7
130% 0.93 MB/s
444GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 18 11 8.3 3.2 5.9 20 MB/s
Read 78.7
Write 90
Mixed 50.9
SusWrite 11.1
43% 57.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.7
116% 0.8 MB/s
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Typical ST3500312CS 500GB Builds (Compare 4,970 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 8%
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Desktop
Desktop 63%
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Workstation
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Intel H61

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $182

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