Average Bench: 37% (557th of 1015)

Based on 5,039 user benchmarks.  Model: Seagate Expansion

Poor average bench

The Seagate Expansion 500GB averaged 63.0% 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 0.56MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.57MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Expansion 500GB is 47%. 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 40.1MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 62.6MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,039 samples)
Min Avg Max
26.4 Read 64.5 110
21.5 Write 62.6 115
19.5 Mixed 40.1 83.7
22.5 SusWrite 64.1 112
42.5% 57.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.57 1.3
0.4 4K Write 1.12 3
0.3 4K Mixed 0.56 0.8
107% 0.75 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
331GB free
Firmware: 0502
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 102 103 105 105 105 MB/s
Read 98.5
Write 97.5
Mixed 51.5
SusWrite 103
64% 87.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.6
98% 0.6 MB/s
279GB free
Firmware: 0502
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 100 100 98 100 100 MB/s
Read 93.7
Write 70.1
Mixed 55.9
SusWrite 99.2
59% 79.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.6
104% 0.67 MB/s
151GB free
Firmware: 0708
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 75 78 79 75 78 MB/s
Read 55.3
Write 54.1
Mixed 40.4
SusWrite 77.2
42% 56.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
127% 0.87 MB/s
151GB free
Firmware: 0708
SusWrite @10s intervals: 76 75 77 77 77 79 MB/s
Read 52.4
Write 59.6
Mixed 42.3
SusWrite 77
43% 57.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.6
112% 0.77 MB/s
151GB free
Firmware: 0708
SusWrite @10s intervals: 72 76 74 71 75 76 MB/s
Read 49.7
Write 56.6
Mixed 39.2
SusWrite 73.8
40% 54.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
127% 0.87 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 40,686,258 HDDs tested.

Typical Expansion 500GB Builds (Compare 93,765 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 100%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $1,080

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