Seagate Seven External USB 3.0 Drive Review

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The USB 3.0 Benchmark Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. Windows has the power option set to high performance.

Intel Z97 Test System

The Intel Z97 platform that we used to test the Inateck FD1006C was based around the ASUS Z97-A motherboard with BIOS 1008 that came out on 5/29/2014. The Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.65v with 9-11-11-31 2T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD was used as the primary drive (uses 19nm NAND and M310 firmware).

Intel Z97 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1150 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 4790k

Motherboard

ASUS Z97-A

Memory

Corsair Platinum 2133MHz 8GB

OS Drive

Corsair Neutron 240GB

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

Operating System

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

 

ASUS USB 3.0 Boost:

We wanted to make sure ASUS USB 3.0 Boost was enabled and opened up AI Suite 3 and sure enough the drive showed up as having UASP support. The Seagate Seven correctly showed up as a SCSI Disk Device in Windows 8.1.

seagate seven uasp

Seagate Seven CrystalDiskInfo: 

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Let’s have a look at the performance!

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