Average Bench: 46.5% (374th of 1015)

Based on 40,793 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500312CS, ST3500312CS-1CT162, ST350031 ST3500312CS, ST350031 2CS

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB averaged 53.5% 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 1.53MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB is 43%. 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 46.1MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 77.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 40,793 samples)
Min Avg Max
26.4 Read 84.2 111
25.5 Write 82.8 108
18.5 Mixed 46.1 57.8
27.5 SusWrite 77.7 109
53.3% 72.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.52 0.6
0.8 4K Write 1.53 1.8
0.3 4K Mixed 0.71 0.9
129% 0.92 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
320GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 98 97 99 96 95 MB/s
Read 99.8
Write 96.3
Mixed 53.8
SusWrite 97.5
64% 86.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.9
152% 1.03 MB/s
176GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 86 86 89 88 85 MB/s
Read 82.8
Write 80.5
Mixed 46
SusWrite 87.2
54% 74.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.7
130% 0.93 MB/s
56GB free
Firmware: CA14
SusWrite @10s intervals: 62 64 64 65 65 64 MB/s
Read 91.5
Write 89.5
Mixed 49
SusWrite 63.9
54% 73.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.7
134% 1 MB/s
209GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 81 81 81 82 82 MB/s
Read 71.4
Write 66
Mixed 48.4
SusWrite 81.3
49% 66.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
142% 0.97 MB/s
90GB free (System drive)
Firmware: ES12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 34 44 79 88 92 MB/s
Read 62.2
Write 91.2
Mixed 49.5
SusWrite 65.5
49% 67.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
120% 0.87 MB/s
328GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 53 59 60 61 61 62 MB/s
Read 64.7
Write 64.8
Mixed 41.8
SusWrite 59.3
42% 57.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.7
129% 0.9 MB/s
283GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CA14
SusWrite @10s intervals: 35 54 25 74 67 33 MB/s
Read 72.7
Write 78
Mixed 19.8
SusWrite 47.8
40% 54.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
120% 0.87 MB/s
281GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SS16
SusWrite @10s intervals: 39 42 40 40 38 38 MB/s
Read 60.2
Write 46.9
Mixed 30
SusWrite 39.4
32% 44.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.5
92% 0.7 MB/s
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Typical ST3500312CS 500GB Builds (Compare 50,763 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $405

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