Average Bench: 59.1% (198th of 1015)

Based on 1,968 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500514NS, ST350051 ST3500514NS, ST350051 4NS

Average average bench

The Seagate ST3500514NS 500GB averaged 40.8% 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 1.01MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.95MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3500514NS 500GB is 37%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate ST3500514NS 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 58.4MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 99.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,968 samples)
Min Avg Max
62.1 Read 106 131
60.8 Write 104 130
40.3 Mixed 58.4 67.9
51.4 SusWrite 99.7 130
67.6% 92.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.84 0.9
1.4 4K Write 1.95 2.3
0.7 4K Mixed 1.01 1.1
183% 1.27 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
466GB free
Firmware: SN12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 129 128 129 129 130 128 MB/s
Read 131
Write 127
Mixed 68.6
SusWrite 129
83% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1.1
202% 1.43 MB/s
466GB free
Firmware: 7101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 128 128 126 128 127 MB/s
Read 129
Write 134
Mixed 67.5
SusWrite 127
84% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1.1
202% 1.43 MB/s
363GB free
Firmware: SN11
SusWrite @10s intervals: 72 90 94 95 83 89 MB/s
Read 122
Write 113
Mixed 61
SusWrite 87.1
70% 95.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1
186% 1.3 MB/s
272GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SN11
SusWrite @10s intervals: 57 84 90 94 95 99 MB/s
Read 100
Write 90.7
Mixed 52
SusWrite 86.5
60% 82.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 1.1
191% 1.23 MB/s
88GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SN12
SusWrite @10s intervals: 48 67 52 65 72 69 MB/s
Read 75.5
Write 79.7
Mixed 48.5
SusWrite 62
49% 66.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1
182% 1.27 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 53,415,977 HDDs tested

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Typical ST3500514NS 500GB Builds (Compare 24,393 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 61%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $325

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