Average Bench: 38.8% (531st of 1015)

Based on 5,317 user benchmarks.  Model: Seagate Expansion

Poor average bench

The Seagate Expansion 500GB averaged 61.2% 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 0.54MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.54MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Expansion 500GB is 47.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Expansion 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 41.3MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 66.4MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,317 samples)
Min Avg Max
26 Read 66.8 109
22.1 Write 66.4 112
18 Mixed 41.3 83.8
22.4 SusWrite 68.3 112
44.6% 60.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.54 1.1
0.4 4K Write 1.07 2.68
0.3 4K Mixed 0.54 0.8
103% 0.72 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
464GB free
Firmware: 0637
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 118 119 120 119 119 MB/s
Read 107
Write 106
Mixed 48.6
SusWrite 118
69% 95 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.6
100% 0.63 MB/s
339GB free
Firmware: 0637
SusWrite @10s intervals: 85 102 104 105 105 106 MB/s
Read 95.2
Write 86.6
Mixed 51
SusWrite 101
61% 83.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.5
87% 0.57 MB/s
427GB free
Firmware: 0708
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 98 97 96 98 98 MB/s
Read 92
Write 101
Mixed 56.2
SusWrite 97.4
64% 86.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.5
89% 0.57 MB/s
183GB free
Firmware: 0502
SusWrite @10s intervals: 83 80 83 83 84 84 MB/s
Read 91.6
Write 98.4
Mixed 52.1
SusWrite 82.9
60% 81.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.5
89% 0.57 MB/s
169GB free
Firmware: 0636
SusWrite @10s intervals: 71 76 77 77 77 77 MB/s
Read 94
Write 95.5
Mixed 48.2
SusWrite 76.2
58% 78.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.5
91% 0.6 MB/s
94GB free
Firmware: 060E
SusWrite @10s intervals: 67 69 70 69 70 70 MB/s
Read 59.9
Write 57.3
Mixed 40.2
SusWrite 69.2
42% 56.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
88% 0.53 MB/s
179GB free
Firmware: 0707
SusWrite @10s intervals: 26 29 28 29 29 29 MB/s
Read 29.8
Write 23
Mixed 19
SusWrite 28.3
18% 25 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.3
4K Mixed 0.2
44% 0.3 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 45,354,218 HDDs tested.

Typical Expansion 500GB Builds (Compare 116,505 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 99%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $974

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