Average Bench: 42.5% (467th of 1015)

Based on 1,374 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3250312CS, ST325031 ST3250312CS, ST325031 2CS

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST3250312CS 250GB averaged 57.5% 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 0.7MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.51MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3250312CS 250GB is 50%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate ST3250312CS 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 43.7MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 69.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,374 samples)
Min Avg Max
13.1 Read 78 108
16.8 Write 77.1 107
17 Mixed 43.7 57.3
20.5 SusWrite 69.8 108
49.3% 67.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.49 0.6
0.6 4K Write 1.51 1.8
0.3 4K Mixed 0.7 0.9
126% 0.9 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
166GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 103 104 105 104 105 MB/s
Read 102
Write 99.7
Mixed 52.2
SusWrite 104
65% 89.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.9
155% 1.03 MB/s
205GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 97 104 102 103 102 MB/s
Read 104
Write 101
Mixed 48.9
SusWrite 101
65% 88.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
142% 0.97 MB/s
188GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 55 73 69 83 84 90 MB/s
Read 81.5
Write 91.7
Mixed 46.5
SusWrite 75.7
54% 73.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
139% 0.97 MB/s
135GB free
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 68 66 67 68 68 68 MB/s
Read 87
Write 88.5
Mixed 50.7
SusWrite 67.4
54% 73.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 1 MB/s
207GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 33 89 82 17 45 63 MB/s
Read 79
Write 78.6
Mixed 44.9
SusWrite 54.9
47% 64.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
139% 0.97 MB/s
125GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 46 61 59 62 71 74 MB/s
Read 61.2
Write 86.2
Mixed 34.1
SusWrite 62
44% 60.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.6
111% 0.87 MB/s
111GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 39 30 24 50 56 67 MB/s
Read 76.5
Write 101
Mixed 48.2
SusWrite 44.1
50% 67.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
124% 0.9 MB/s
93GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SC13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 40 52 60 59 61 59 MB/s
Read 61.2
Write 63.8
Mixed 35.7
SusWrite 55.4
40% 54 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.4
95% 0.83 MB/s
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Typical ST3250312CS 250GB Builds (Compare 5,639 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 13%
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Desktop 48%
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Workstation
Workstation 19%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-DS2 - $51

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Average Total price: $306

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