Average Bench: 20.1% (971st of 1015)

Based on 873 user benchmarks.  Model: ST3160021A

Very poor average bench

The Seagate ST3160021A 160GB averaged 79.9% 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 0.59MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.52MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST3160021A 160GB is 26.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Seagate ST3160021A 160GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 24.2MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 29.4MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 873 samples)
Min Avg Max
5.35 Read 36.1 54.1
3.8 Write 29.4 53.7
6.15 Mixed 24.2 37.7
4.76 SusWrite 31 53.2
22.2% 30.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.1 4K Read 0.52 0.7
0.2 4K Write 1.02 1.5
0.1 4K Mixed 0.59 0.9
106% 0.71 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
120GB free
Firmware: 3.04
SusWrite @10s intervals: 54 55 55 55 56 56 MB/s
Read 53.7
Write 51.1
Mixed 37.2
SusWrite 55
36% 49.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.9
155% 1 MB/s
134GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 8.10
SusWrite @10s intervals: 45 44 45 44 37 29 MB/s
Read 42.6
Write 38.2
Mixed 31.9
SusWrite 40.4
28% 38.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.8
140% 0.93 MB/s
67GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.06
SusWrite @10s intervals: 25 12 21 30 35 34 MB/s
Read 43.5
Write 47.7
Mixed 32.8
SusWrite 26.1
28% 37.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.9
155% 1 MB/s
133GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 8.10
SusWrite @10s intervals: 26 26 32 34 30 28 MB/s
Read 20
Write 24
Mixed 15.7
SusWrite 29.5
16% 22.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.2
46% 0.37 MB/s
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AmazonUS $753 years
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Typical ST3160021A 160GB Builds (Compare 1,060 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 4%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 47%
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Workstation
Workstation 4%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $96

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