Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Hard Drive Review


Our Intel Z370 Platform Used For Benchmarking

Before we look at the numbers, lets take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro v1703 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. This means windows defender, windows update, disk fragmentation and everything else that would interfere with testing was disabled. Windows 10 also had the power option set to high performance. We also disabled c-states on the Intel Core i5-8400 to ensure our numbers are spot on and repeatable.


The Intel Z370 platform that we used to test the storage drives was based around the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming motherboard with BIOS 0410 that came out on 09/21/2017. We used Intel RST storage drivers, the exact version was The Corsair Vengenace DDR4 16GB 3200MHz memory kit was run at 3200MHz with CL14 1T memory timings. SATA drives were tested on the ports that were connected to the Intel Platform Controller Hub and not a third party controller.

Intel Z370 Test Bench

Intel Z370 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing


Intel Core i5-8400




Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3200MHz

OS Drive

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

CrystalDiskInfo 7.1.1 Readout:

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 7.1.1 shows that the Seagate BarraCuda 12TB drive S.M.A.R.T. and NCQ. The drive we received had firmware version DN01 installed and that is the version that we used for general testing and benchmarking as there was no newer version available.

Let’s have a look at the performance!