Average Bench: 46.3% (381st of 1015)

Based on 5,969 user benchmarks.  Model: Seagate Expansion

Below average average bench

The Seagate Expansion 4TB averaged 53.6% 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 Write Speed 3.71MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.58MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Expansion 4TB is 50.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Expansion 4TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Read Speed 71.6MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 62.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,969 samples)
Min Avg Max
25.9 Read 71.6 104
24.7 Write 86.3 128
25.1 Mixed 62.8 81.4
24.5 SusWrite 88.9 130
57.2% 77.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.98 2
2.53 4K Write 3.71 4.7
0.3 4K Mixed 0.58 0.8
174% 1.76 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 129 124 129 118 116 130 MB/s
Read 110
Write 100
Mixed 67.2
SusWrite 124
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 4.2
4K Mixed 0.7
206% 2.03 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 0710
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 92 89 90 89 91 MB/s
Read 75.2
Write 84
Mixed 66.7
SusWrite 86.2
58% 78 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 3.7
4K Mixed 0.5
157% 1.67 MB/s
719GB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 85 85 88 88 82 82 MB/s
Read 59
Write 88.2
Mixed 71.5
SusWrite 85.1
56% 75.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 0.6
158% 1.6 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 0710
SusWrite @10s intervals: 25 26 24 62 113 110 MB/s
Read 83.8
Write 110
Mixed 74.5
SusWrite 59.9
61% 82 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 3.8
4K Mixed 0.6
200% 1.97 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 34 39 41 41 41 40 MB/s
Read 37
Write 37
Mixed 35.2
SusWrite 39.5
28% 37.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 0.7
182% 1.73 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,705,722 HDDs tested.

Typical Expansion 4TB Builds (Compare 17,325 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 114%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 137%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 125%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING - $230

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $1,507

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