We got used to the struggles between these names in the field of hard drives, but now it seems that the competition is expanding into new districts - with the new IronWolf facing the new ones in the WD Red family
For years we have seen Seagate and Western Digital cultivate product lines for direct competition at all levels of the mechanical drive market, from the most basic models for home users to the most sophisticated and expensive drives for massive server arrays - and in the middle also in the NAS field at its levels, with Brands that have adopted red as the dominant shade on both sides of the road. Time has passed and technologies have evolved and changed, and now it seems that the war on your NAS is moving to the front of the drivesSSD With a pair of new launches taking place very close to each other.
From the side of Seagate These are the new IronWolf 525 drives, which claim to earn the initial prize with a move to support PCI-Express 4.0 technology in the NAS domain, before having home stations practically available with Technology this. Ingenious or strange and unnecessary? Feel free to judge for yourself.
IronWolf 525 drives will be offered at between 500GB and 2TB, based on the Phison E16 controller plus Kioxia BiCS 4 chips to achieve continuous read speeds of up to 5,000 MB per second, continuous write speeds at write Of up to 4,400 megabytes per second and random performance of up to 740,000IOPS when working with small 4KB files. Beyond all these numbers, the most impressive figure in these models compared to "simple" home models is in the large volumes of writing that are under warranty for a period of five years - up to 70 percent of the volume of each model in the family daily during this period, or twice and even 2 times the volume The typical writing of drives SSD Modern in the home market.
The IronWolf 500 525GB model will be offered with a price tag of $ 150, a model with one terabyte will be offered with a recommended price of $ 250 while a senior model of 2 terabytes will be yours for $ 450.
At Western Digital, the new series is named WD Red SN700, as part of a visual alignment for all products.SSD So that they will be cleaner and clearer - when the company prioritizes the continued use of controllers SSD fruit Development Internal and standard support PCI-Express Common and familiar 3.0.
SN700 drives will be based on controller SSD The result of personal development by WD and its subsidiary SanDisk, plus memories NAND XNUMXD in TLC configuration (also fruit Development Standalone, apparently), with a wide range of volumes available from 250GB at the bottom end to 4TB at the top end (as the only model with chips on both sides of the printed circuit and increased height as a result).
The performance of the new models will reach 3,430 megabytes per second in reading and 3,100 megabytes per second in writing plus up to 550,000IOPS in random performance with small 4KB files, with the writing volume supported under warranty being higher in modest volumes and standing at 100 percent of total volume A day for five years in configurations between 250GB and one terabyte, and about 70 percent of the volume daily for five years in 2 terabytes and 4 terabytes.
The fresh NAS models of Western Digital It will be available for purchase starting at $ 65 for 250GB, through $ 145 for one terabyte and $ 290 for 2 terabytes at the point where the cost-benefit ratio is best, up to $ 650 for 4 terabytes. Byte.