Average Bench: 45.8% (378th of 1015)

Based on 96,592 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500312CS, ST3500312CS-1CT162, ST3500312CS-9GW132, ST350031 ST3500312CS, ST350031 2CS

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB averaged 54.1% 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 1.57MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB is 39.2%. 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 47.1MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 79.4MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 96,592 samples)
Min Avg Max
25.3 Read 80.2 103
32.6 Write 82.3 105
22.4 Mixed 47.1 57.4
28.4 SusWrite 79.4 108
53% 72.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.53 0.6
1.1 4K Write 1.57 1.8
0.44 4K Mixed 0.72 0.9
131% 0.94 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
358GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 101 101 104 102 102 MB/s
Read 103
Write 95.3
Mixed 53.3
SusWrite 101
65% 88.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
128% 0.93 MB/s
308GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 102 99 104 102 98 MB/s
Read 92.9
Write 90.3
Mixed 49
SusWrite 101
61% 83.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
145% 1.03 MB/s
462GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 61 93 95 92 90 89 MB/s
Read 102
Write 96.7
Mixed 56
SusWrite 86.5
63% 85.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 0.97 MB/s
11GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 97 97 76 89 84 MB/s
Read 82.6
Write 83.9
Mixed 53.1
SusWrite 88.6
57% 77.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.5
110% 0.9 MB/s
60GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 55 57 56 57 57 58 MB/s
Read 100
Write 106
Mixed 55.9
SusWrite 56.7
59% 79.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 1 MB/s
118GB free
Firmware: SS16
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 73 75 75 75 75 MB/s
Read 66.6
Write 69.7
Mixed 42.1
SusWrite 74.7
46% 63.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.7
134% 1 MB/s
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Typical ST3500312CS 500GB Builds (Compare 11,598 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 5%
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Desktop
Desktop 63%
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Workstation
Workstation 5%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Intel H61

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $136

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