Average Bench: 43.6% (439th of 1015)

more Based on 2,178 user benchmarks.  Models: ST500LX025-1U717D, ST500LX0 25-1U717D, ST500LX0 25-1U717D-SS, ST500LX025-1U717D-SSHD, ST500LX025-1U717, ST500LX0 25-1U717D-SSHD

Below average average bench

The Seagate FireCuda 2.5" 500GB averaged 56.4% 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 0.98MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.37MB/s

Poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate FireCuda 2.5" 500GB is 60.4%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Seagate FireCuda 2.5" 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 50.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 59.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,178 samples)
Min Avg Max
11.4 Read 69.6 125
2 Write 59.7 114
15.5 Mixed 50.8 70.9
17.6 SusWrite 81.7 125
48.3% 65.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 1.37 3.5
0.56 4K Write 1.76 4.34
0.1 4K Mixed 0.98 2.8
198% 1.37 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
334GB free
Firmware: SDM1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 116 111 118 119 120 MB/s
Read 90.8
Write 116
Mixed 53.5
SusWrite 112
68% 93.2 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 1.2
220% 1.33 MB/s
94GB free
Firmware: SDM1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 95 89 98 99 101 MB/s
Read 77.7
Write 16.7
Mixed 55.4
SusWrite 95.6
46% 61.3 MB/s
4K Read 1.7
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 1.2
228% 1.4 MB/s
420GB free
Firmware: SDM1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 123 122 124 122 124 MB/s
Read 41.7
Write 98.5
Mixed 51
SusWrite 121
57% 77.9 MB/s
4K Read 1.9
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 1.3
248% 1.5 MB/s
332GB free
Firmware: SDM1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 115 117 118 119 118 MB/s
Read 33.2
Write 21.3
Mixed 39.7
SusWrite 116
39% 52.5 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.8
157% 1.03 MB/s
433GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SDM1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 60 96 84 102 90 96 MB/s
Read 58.3
Write 108
Mixed 52.2
SusWrite 88
56% 76.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.6
145% 1.23 MB/s
290GB free
Firmware: SHM3
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 108 103 108 112 115 MB/s
Read 29.4
Write 92.9
Mixed 48.2
SusWrite 106
51% 69.2 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 1
177% 1.1 MB/s
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Workstation 7%
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 Comments

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Terrible

3 years ago.

Not my best buy. On a (quite) cluttered system (2/3 to 3/4 of the disk full) on a mainstream laptop (with an Intel i3 CPU), I saw no difference between this and my preview built-in HGST 5K1000, it disappointed me. It's only after a few months of still no good latency and speed that I saw that this model, even if it's widely used, is not better than a classic 7200 rpm hard drive.


Terrible

2 years ago.

It generates more heat than SSDs and slower than 7200 rpm HDDs! When it's used as an external drive, it sometimes loses our precious data! You're fired, FireCuda!


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