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Seagate IronWolf (10TB): Leader of the pack

By Lionell Go Macahilig & Bryan Chan - 12 Apr 2018
Launch SRP: PhP22599

Introduction, Features, and Test Setup

Agile and cunning

To make it easier for consumers to choose from the myriad of Seagate's storage solutions, the company decided to categorize its storage solutions based on different usage scenarios. The IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series of NAS hard drives are storage solutions optimized for use in multi-bay NAS systems and are available in capacities up to 12TB (ST12000VN0007).

Image source: Seagate.

Before we jump into the details, it's best to explain why the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series are optimized for use in NAS systems. This NAS HDD series comes with AgileArray technology, which is the use of dual-plane balance and Rotational Vibration (RV) sensors that help to reduce the amount of vibration when used in a multi-bay NAS system. RV sensors are available in all IronWolf Pro variants, as well as in select variants of the IronWolf series (4TB to 12TB versions). Less vibrations not only mean less noise when the drives are in operation, but also lessens the chances of data corruption due to shock damage.

Apart from that, Seagate also claims that the IronWolf Pro series supports multiple user workloads of up to 180TB per year. This means that you're able to upload content to the NAS and rewrite this data plenty of times, without ever needing to worry.

The last but not the least, IronWolf NAS HDDs come with a two-year subscription to Seagate's 'Rescue' data recovery service. This service is available to you, regardless if the cause is accidental damage or mechanical damage. All you need to do is register the drive(s) to activate the service. Needless to say, this is a very important service to have, especially if you're planning to store highly important data on your NAS.

There's also another addition that you can look forward to with the IronWolf or IronWolf Pro, and that's the 'IronWolf Health Management' feature. With this enabled, the NAS drives are automatically monitored, so they can provide the best performance, regardless of the task at hand. If any issues are found, an analysis will be given to you, along with the recommendations to fix it. Solutions based on environmental and operational values will also be presented. Do note that this feature is only compatible with Seagate's IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series, and Synology's DiskStation devices running on DSM 6.1 OS. This feature arrived sometime in February 2017.

Test setup and benchmark results

To get a better idea of the performance of the Seagate IronWolf 10TB, we tested it in two ways: first, as a standalone HDD on a desktop PC; and second, as an HDD on a NAS appliance.

Below are the specifications of our desktop setup:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700
  • Motherboard: MSI B250M Bazooka Opt Boost
  • Graphics card: MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G
  • Memory modules: G.Skills Trident Z RGB 8GB DDR4
  • Power supply: CM MWE 650 Bronze

Here are the benchmark applications that we ran:

  • Anvil's Storage Utilities
  • AS SSD Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark

At the time of writing, we didn't have a 10TB HDD from another brand, so test results were put side by side to those of:

  • Seagate BarraCuda 2TB
  • WD Purple 1TB

For NAS test, we ran CrystalDiskMark on the following NAS appliances:

  • Asustor AS3104T
  • Synology DS918+

Here's a quick look at the specifications of the three HDDs:

Hard Disk Drive Comparison
HDD Model Seagate IronWolf 10TB Seagate BarraCuda 2TB WD Purple 1TB
Model Number ST10000VN0004 ST2000DM006 WD10PURZ
Interface SATA 6Gbps SATA 6Gbps SATA 6Gbps
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate 210MBps 210MBps 110MBps
Spindle Speed 7200RPM 7200RPM 5400RPM
Cache 256MB 64MB 64MB
Load/Unload Cycles 600,000 300,000 300,000
Average Operating Power 7.8W 8W 3.3W
Idling Average 5W 5.4W 2.9W
Limited Warranty Three Years Two Years Three Years
Price PhP 22,599 PhP 4,088 PhP 2,650
Price Per Terabyte PhP 2,259 PhP 2,044 PhP 2,650

Specifications-wise, we can see that the IronWolf 10TB is superior in some respects. The IronWolf 10TB is closely similar to the BarraCuda 2TB, but the former has 256MB cache, much higher than the latter's 64MB. We already anticipated the WD Purple 1TB to emerge as the slowest among the three, taking into account its 64MB cache and 5400rpm spindle speed. Nevertheless, it is the most energy-saving because it has the lowest average idling and operating power among the HDDs in this review.