Average Bench: 46.1% (377th of 1014)

Based on 51,082 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500312CS, ST3500312CS-1CT162, ST350031 ST3500312CS, ST350031 2CS

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB averaged 53.9% 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 1.55MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500312CS 500GB is 38.6%. 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 46.4MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 77MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 51,082 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.5 Read 83.4 108
38 Write 83 106
18.6 Mixed 46.4 57.6
24.2 SusWrite 77 108
53.1% 72.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.53 0.6
0.9 4K Write 1.55 1.8
0.3 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%
413GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 86 94 100 101 101 MB/s
Read 80.8
Write 70.5
Mixed 38.5
SusWrite 89.6
51% 69.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.5
100% 0.77 MB/s
192GB free
Firmware: ES12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 81 79 81 81 80 MB/s
Read 88.5
Write 78.3
Mixed 48.2
SusWrite 80.5
54% 73.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.7
126% 0.9 MB/s
125GB free
Firmware: SS16
SusWrite @10s intervals: 54 66 64 64 61 67 MB/s
Read 96.5
Write 98.8
Mixed 42.5
SusWrite 62.7
55% 75.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.4
93% 0.8 MB/s
124GB free
Firmware: CA12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 76 77 77 76 77 MB/s
Read 78
Write 79.3
Mixed 50.1
SusWrite 76.1
52% 70.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
144% 1 MB/s
466GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 51 45 48 51 50 51 MB/s
Read 94.3
Write 92.6
Mixed 49.2
SusWrite 49.5
52% 71.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
144% 1 MB/s
70GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 55 55 56 56 56 55 MB/s
Read 68.3
Write 73
Mixed 43
SusWrite 55.6
44% 60 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.7
129% 0.9 MB/s
338GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.8 11 16 26 14 22 MB/s
Read 11
Write 54.5
Mixed 22.2
SusWrite 15.8
19% 25.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.4
4K Mixed 0.5
80% 0.43 MB/s
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Typical ST3500312CS 500GB Builds (Compare 3,050 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 4%
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Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 4%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Intel H61

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $110

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