Average Bench: 42% (463rd of 1014)

Based on 283 user benchmarks.  Model: Seagate M3

Below average average bench

The Seagate M3 500GB averaged 57.9% 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 0.47MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.81MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate M3 500GB is 50.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate M3 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 56.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 71.4MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 283 samples)
Min Avg Max
28.1 Read 71.4 115
26.3 Write 77.9 131
23.2 Mixed 56.8 102
26.8 SusWrite 74.9 119
51.9% 70.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.33 4K Read 0.81 1.8
0.4 4K Write 1.6 3.5
0.12 4K Mixed 0.47 0.8
116% 0.96 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
417GB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 101 103 103 103 101 MB/s
Read 105
Write 85.3
Mixed 53.8
SusWrite 102
63% 86.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.6
102% 0.63 MB/s
212GB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 113 111 113 113 113 MB/s
Read 94
Write 102
Mixed 51
SusWrite 113
66% 90 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.5
87% 0.57 MB/s
213GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 103 103 102 103 101 MB/s
Read 94.5
Write 93.7
Mixed 50.7
SusWrite 102
62% 85.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.6
100% 0.6 MB/s
213GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 99 102 103 103 102 MB/s
Read 90.7
Write 78.9
Mixed 51.9
SusWrite 101
59% 80.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.5
91% 0.6 MB/s
347GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 93 96 98 99 98 MB/s
Read 86.1
Write 89.5
Mixed 50
SusWrite 96.2
59% 80.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.6
98% 0.6 MB/s
347GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 85 96 95 95 99 97 MB/s
Read 72
Write 93.8
Mixed 50.7
SusWrite 94.7
57% 77.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.5
91% 0.6 MB/s
265GB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 63 65 65 65 65 66 MB/s
Read 77
Write 75.5
Mixed 44.3
SusWrite 64.8
48% 65.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.5
89% 0.57 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 40,728,072 HDDs tested.

Typical M3 500GB Builds (Compare 2,048 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 6%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

System: Acer Aspire E5-576G

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