Average Bench: 41.7% (470th of 1015)

Based on 1,265 user benchmarks.  Model: Seagate M3

Below average average bench

The Seagate M3 2TB averaged 58.2% 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 0.58MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.26MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate M3 2TB is 50.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate M3 2TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Read Speed 66.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 78.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,265 samples)
Min Avg Max
24.2 Read 66.3 116
24.1 Write 86.1 135
22.1 Mixed 70.5 105
21.1 SusWrite 78.3 125
55.9% 75.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 1.26 2
1 4K Write 2.75 3.5
0.2 4K Mixed 0.58 0.8
167% 1.53 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
685GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 86 122 121 125 125 125 MB/s
Read 96.5
Write 127
Mixed 93.7
SusWrite 117
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 2.2
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 0.7
221% 1.9 MB/s
685GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 115 111 109 125 125 MB/s
Read 95.8
Write 128
Mixed 98.8
SusWrite 111
80% 108 MB/s
4K Read 1.9
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.8
218% 1.8 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 114 124 122 130 130 MB/s
Read 78.5
Write 140
Mixed 94
SusWrite 119
80% 108 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 0.8
208% 1.83 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 104 108 109 110 110 MB/s
Read 58.7
Write 105
Mixed 89.1
SusWrite 108
67% 90.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 0.6
154% 1.43 MB/s
852GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 107 111 113 109 112 MB/s
Read 51.9
Write 88.1
Mixed 80.5
SusWrite 110
61% 82.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 0.5
132% 1.3 MB/s
60GB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 77 89 76 95 68 MB/s
Read 53.3
Write 72.2
Mixed 81
SusWrite 84.5
54% 72.8 MB/s
4K Read 1.8
4K Write 3.4
4K Mixed 0.8
227% 2 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 40 41 42 42 42 42 MB/s
Read 33
Write 32.7
Mixed 30.5
SusWrite 41.2
26% 34.3 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 0.7
199% 1.87 MB/s
553GB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 37 41 41 41 42 41 MB/s
Read 34.2
Write 38.9
Mixed 33.5
SusWrite 40.2
27% 36.7 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.5
153% 1.33 MB/s
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Typical M3 2TB Builds (Compare 7,938 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 177%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 205%
UFO

Motherboard: MSI MEG X570 UNIFY (MS-7C35) - $470

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $1,757

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