Page 11 - Conclusion
Retailing for about $160 at press time, the popular Seagate NAS HDD 4TB has one huge advantage under its belt: Price. In today's review, we are stacking the ST4000VN000 against the $180 Western Digital Red 4TB and $185 HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB. With a price difference of $20 to $25 per drive, this number will really add up if you are buying four to rock a RAID setup in your network attached storage system. I mean, $80 to $100 in savings is simply a figure you cannot ignore. Of course, every product in the business has its merits. We here at APH Networks have covered NAS HDDs from every major brand, and at the end of the day, it all boils down to your personal priorities. The HGST Deskstar NAS takes home the most benchmark wins at the expense of electricity consumption, while the Western Digital Red attempts to strike a balance in all parameters while being the most power efficient. The fact is, the Seagate NAS HDD 4TB did not sweep the charts with countless victories, nor was it the most power efficient. But where it stands out is its performance remains competitive for what most people would use it for in real life, and while it did not use the least power in our tests, it really did come close. Receiving solid reviews for reliability at various popular online retailers, if you are looking for a network attached storage hard drive that delivers on all the "simple" requirements of a NAS drive -- reasonably power efficient, reasonably fast, and reasonably priced -- to store your documents with some redundancy setup in place, the Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB will be the key to keeping your storage space high, and your credit card bill low.
Seagate provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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The Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB is a reasonably power efficient, reasonably fast, and reasonably priced drive designed to go along with your network attached storage system.
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1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 18.104.22.168
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. NAS Performance, Power Consumption