Exterior SSDs akin to the superb Essential X8 or Seagate Barracuda Quick SSD are nice units for taking your information on the go, particularly if you happen to do not wish to fear about whether or not each knock, bump or jostle goes to by accident break your drive because it rattles spherical in your bag. They certain are costly, although, which is why many people nonetheless go for exterior exhausting disk drives (HDDs) in terms of transporting or backing up our information. They is perhaps slower, however they are much, a lot cheaper. Certainly, whereas a 2TB Essential X8 will set you again effectively over £200 / $270, you may at present choose up a 2TB Seagate Recreation Drive for Xbox for simply £63 / $92.
Yep, that is proper. Regardless of having “for Xbox” in its identify, Seagate’s Recreation Drive works simply as effectively with PC when it is plugged in through its bundled USB cable. It helps the USB 3.2 Gen 1 normal, so not tremendous brand-new just like the cutting-edge USB 3.2 Gen 2 normal, however nonetheless fairly trendy. It attracts its energy from its USB connection, too, so that you needn’t plug it into the mains for it to work, and its bundled cable must be lengthy sufficient to relaxation it on the highest of your PC no matter whether or not you plug it in in your motherboard.
Seagate’s Recreation Drive for Xbox is available in quite a lot of measurement capacities: 2TB, 4TB and 5TB relying on whether or not you go for one in every of its embellished recreation fashions. The Halo Grasp Chief Restricted Version model on take a look at right here, for instance, is available in 2TB and 5TB, whereas the usual mannequin is available in 2TB and 4TB. There are additionally fancy Cyberpunk 2077, Sea Of Thieves and Marvel Avengers editions, too.
The important thing query, although, is whether or not the Recreation Drive is value contemplating over different exterior HDDs on the market proper now, akin to the superb WD Black P10. WD’s Black P10 is by far the ‘quickest’ exterior HDD I’ve examined up to now, and it is also the most effective worth drives round in the intervening time, too. Seagate’s Recreation Drive for Xbox matches the P10 on value within the UK, with each 2TB fashions going for the similar amount of cash at time of writing, however it’s WD who has the higher hand over within the US. Can the Seagate’s pace make up for the distinction in value?
Sure and no. Once I put the drive by means of AS SSD’s 1GB 4K random benchmark, for instance, which measures how rapidly a drive can learn and write 1GB’s value of tiny 4K information, the Seagate Recreation Drive got here out on prime for learn pace however fell behind the WD Black P10 on write pace. The previous is extra necessary for gaming, as a recreation must open information rapidly to assist minimize down on loading occasions and the like, however the latter nonetheless performs a key position in on a regular basis use, particularly in terms of allocating disk area for video games and transferring information between totally different drives.
Admittedly, the Recreation Drive’s random learn pace results of a whopping 0.53MB/s is hardly essentially the most scintillating of figures, however it’s nonetheless 39% sooner than the WD Black P10’s piddly rating of 0.38MB/s, arguably making this the higher drive for enjoying video games off if you happen to’ve run out of area in your inner drives. The Recreation Drive’s write pace, nevertheless, left quite a bit to be desired, even for an exterior HDD. Once more, whereas that is much less necessary for enjoying video games, an honest write pace is significant in terms of general comfort, as nobody likes ready round for hours whereas they copy a number of large recreation or picture folders to it. Certainly, whereas the Black P10 managed a random write pace of three.75MB/s, the Seagate Recreation Drive completed with a rating of simply 1.24MB/s, making the WD greater than twice as quick on this division as its Seagate rival.
The Black P10 additionally got here out on prime for switch speeds, too. To check this, I used AS SSD’s copy benchmark. This includes transferring three totally different file sorts from the OS onto the drive – an ISO folder comprising of two massive information, a applications folder with a number of little information, and eventually a recreation folder that is made up of each large and small information. Seagate’s Recreation Drive inched in entrance of the P10 on the ISO take a look at, ending with a rating of 121MB/s over the P10’s 112MB/s, however it wasn’t almost as quick within the different smaller file assessments. Its Program rating was simply 44MB/s, for instance, whereas its Recreation rating got here in at 81MB/s. The P10, alternatively, completed with respective scores of 82MB/s for the Program take a look at and 107MB/s for the Recreation.
Once more, these outcomes received’t precisely set the world on hearth (particularly once you evaluate them towards the 200-300MB/s switch speeds you get from an exterior SSD such because the Essential X8), however taken altogether, I feel I’d nonetheless err on the facet of the WD Black P10 right here. The Seagate Recreation Drive might be nonetheless value contemplating if you happen to’re solely going to be utilizing it to play video games from, however if you happen to’re after one thing a bit extra multipurpose, then the WD Black P10’s sooner write and switch speeds will imply you’ll spend quite a bit much less time twiddling your thumbs ready for stuff to occur. Mix that with the three 12 months guarantee you get versus the Seagate’s one 12 months guarantee, and the Black P10 continues to be my exterior HDD of selection.