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Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS HDD Review

By: Tyler Bernath | HDDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 4:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Seagate

Power Consumption


Our custom power testing samples each drive for a period of three minutes, across each workload. In order to offer more granularity, we sample the power in one-second intervals.




With the launch of the 10TB helium based solution, Seagate has ramped up their performance per watt.


The IronWolf falls perfectly into line with this as it uses slightly less power in random read and write (around 5.5 watts) while moving to sequential workloads power switches between 6.5 and 7 watts.



Final Thoughts


The IronWolf in its 10TB configuration brings a solid jump in capacity over previous 8TB NAS solutions. For those running multiple bay configurations, this means an extra 4TB for two bay users and 8TB for four bay users. A high-level of build quality is certainly present with this solution; I actually had four drives in house during testing, and I found solid consistency and no drive failures - and that was after a lot of end to end testing.



The performance wasn't quite as high as the Barracuda Pro, but it was certainly admirable, especially in sequential and random workloads. Peak performance for sequential came in at 220 MB/s read and 200 MB/s write while IOPS topped at 610 read and 550 write. In enterprise workloads, the IronWolf was right with the 'Cuda, hitting 300 IOPs in Database and Email Server, while File Server topped 350 IOPs, and Web Server was by far the best at 500 IOPS.


Overall, the capacity increase alone is going to be enough for most to jump on this solution, but for those that need a bit more encouragement, Seagate is offering a solid amount of technology in this solution with AgileArray, and its 180TB per year rating is one of the highest on the market.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money89%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: Seagate's IronWolf 10TB hard drive packs all the features and performance needed to make for a reliable NAS drive for the average consumer.

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