Average Bench: 47.3% (355th of 1015)

Based on 61,099 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500312CS, ST3500312CS-1CT162, ST350031 ST3500312CS, ST350031 2CS

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB averaged 52.7% 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

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB is 41.1%. 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 47.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 79MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 61,099 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.7 Read 85.6 110
32.9 Write 84.2 108
22.9 Mixed 47.2 57.8
24.6 SusWrite 79 109
54.2% 74 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.53 0.6
0.9 4K Write 1.55 1.8
0.4 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%
366GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 84 100 99 99 99 101 MB/s
Read 96.2
Write 101
Mixed 51.4
SusWrite 97
63% 86.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
142% 0.97 MB/s
429GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 102 87 90 87 94 MB/s
Read 93.3
Write 91.7
Mixed 52.3
SusWrite 92.9
60% 82.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.7
130% 0.97 MB/s
430GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 88 84 86 80 92 MB/s
Read 97
Write 85
Mixed 49.5
SusWrite 85.1
58% 79.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 1 MB/s
70GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 70 30 40 91 97 96 MB/s
Read 99.8
Write 105
Mixed 53.4
SusWrite 70.6
60% 82.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
128% 0.93 MB/s
321GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 60 82 83 83 82 82 MB/s
Read 91.1
Write 84.1
Mixed 48.1
SusWrite 78.7
55% 75.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
145% 1.03 MB/s
205GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 89 90 91 92 92 MB/s
Read 72.9
Write 75
Mixed 47.3
SusWrite 90.3
52% 71.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 1 MB/s
45GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 49 50 53 52 52 52 MB/s
Read 102
Write 99.3
Mixed 53.7
SusWrite 51.3
56% 76.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
128% 0.93 MB/s
65GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 68 83 68 80 72 85 MB/s
Read 72.7
Write 77.5
Mixed 39.2
SusWrite 76.1
49% 66.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.5
79% 0.5 MB/s
24GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 79 78 78 80 80 80 MB/s
Read 67.7
Write 67
Mixed 43.8
SusWrite 79
47% 64.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
142% 0.97 MB/s
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Typical ST3500312CS 500GB Builds (Compare 4,663 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 4%
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Desktop
Desktop 63%
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Workstation
Workstation 4%
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Motherboard: Intel H61

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Excellent Total price: $101

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