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Toshiba N300 NAS HDD Review (8TB) Discussion

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The Toshiba N300 is a welcomed addition to their portfolio. Recently, the company has been trying to play catch up with the NAS HDD market leaders--WD/Seagate--and with the release of the N300, it has certainly made a big step in the right direction. The NAS drive performs very well in our workload tests, handles up to 180TB per year in a 24/7 operation environment and has an impressive MTBF of 2.5 million hours. Though not as big as WD Red’s 10TB model, the 8TB capacity allows the N300 to leave a very small physical footprint per TB.  

 

Toshiba N300 NAS HDD Review (8TB)

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Interesting comparison.

Toshiba 8TB, 7200 RPM

WD Red 10TB, 5400 RPM

Seagate IW 10TB, 7200 RPM

I can see why the Toshiba would generally outperform the WD - higher RPM is overcoming the size difference. The more puzzling aspect is why the Toshiba edged out the IronWolf. Seagate's drive is the same RPM as well as larger. At least according to the specs.

Did you run an acoustic check on the Seagate for primary frequency, or do a rotational latency check, to measure the actual RPM? If the Seagate were at 5900 RPM, the results would make a lot more sense.

btw - this story gives the WD Red as 7200 RPM. But the actual Red review gives it as 5400.

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We didn't do an acoustic check...I'll have to ask around to make sure the spec is correct.

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According to the specs sheet downloadable from here, the IronWolf NAS 10TB is 7200 RPM. 4TB and smaller are 5900 RPM. Performance plateaus at 210 MB/s sustained for 7-10TB. It could be a limitation of the controller.

I'd still be interested in a direct measurement. If the RPM were 5900 after all ... now there would be a story. Of course, SR might have trouble getting Seagate samples for awhile if you happened to break such a hypothetical story ... :)

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