Power consumption is one of the most important metrics when it comes to data storage.
The N300, unfortunately, isn't the friendliest when it comes to saving you money. In random workloads, I found it to use around 8 watts, and the transition to sequential sees a boost to 9 watts during read operations and 8.5 in write.
As for reliability, the N300 seems to be a well-built drive. I had no issues in testing with the two samples I had sent over, but it does remain to be seen with this being the first NAS solution from Toshiba. With that said, I do like that Toshiba pushed the boundary of what can be done regarding capacity without moving to Helium. But, on the other hand, I'm slightly disappointed with its performance, especially when compared to something like the WD Red that uses a variable spindle speed.
On that note, the Toshiba N300 does have one thing going for it, and that is sequential performance. In all cases single drive and RAID 0, we found the N300 to outperform competing solutions from WD and Seagate. Also, random read at low QD showed promise with the N300 holding its own through QD4.
As for workloads, the N300 isn't quite tuned at this point. In my testing, I found it to have a wall around 150-170 IOPS, and more importantly, most workloads showed no scaling with QD at all. Web Server was the outlier here as it showed beautiful scaling with the N300.
Toshiba is one of the largest OEMs for turnkey NAS solutions. It's nice to see them break out of that mold and offer a purpose-built storage solution for NAS with their N300 solution.
They do have some tuning to do, but it's a solid first effort.
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The Bottom Line: With the N300 being Toshiba's first attempt at a NAS-ready consumer solution, it offers top notch sequentials but leaves room for work to be done with mixed and random workload performance.
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