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Seagate IronWolf 110 240GB SSD Review

First announced at CES 2019, Seagate’s IronWolf 110 SSD product family is making its way to the retail channels. The IronWolf 110 is the world’s first SSD designed from the ground up for use in NAS devices. Seagate are aiming the drive towards all-flash array’s (AFA) or for use with tiered caching jobs in NAS devices that support the function.

Based on the Nytro 1351 enterprise drive, but with firmware modifications, it uses a combination of an in-house Seagate controller and Toshiba 3D TLC NAND. The five model line-up starts with the 240GB drive and finishes with the flagship 3.84TB unit, in-between there are 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB capacity drives.

Seagate quote Sequential read/write performance figures for the 240GB drive as up to 560MB/s and 345MB/s. We could confirm that read figure with the ATTO benchmark, the review drive producing a figure of 565MB/s, bang on the money. However, that official Sequential write figure seems to be on the conservative side to say the least as we got a figure of 539MB/s from the drive.

The official 4K random performance for the drive is up to 55,000 IOPS for reads and up to 30,000 IOPS for writes, these figures being gained from testing done at a queue depth of 32. We tested the drive at a queue depth of one and got a read figure of 70,903 IOPS with writes coming in at 83,280 IOPS.

As with all IronWolf and IronWolf Pro mechanical drives, the IronWolf 110 features Seagate’s AgileArray firmware which is optimised for multi-drive RAID configurations to prevent issues resulting from any inconsistent performance across multi-drive enclosures. The drive features Seagate’s DuraWrite lossless data technology which helps prolong the lifespan of the NAND and in the case of system power failure, it has power loss data protection via on-board capacitors.

Although not implemented (at the time of writing this review) as yet, but coming very soon, the IronWolf 110 will also support IronWolf Health Management for NAS devices that in turn support IWM.

Seagate back the drive with a five-year warranty which includes a two-year Seagate Rescue Recovery Services plan. The plan provides access to Seagate’s technical services who will assist with data recovery in the event of a drive failure.

We found the 240GB IronWolf 110 available to pre-order at Overclockers UK for £79.99 (inc VAT) HERE

Pros

  • Strong Sequential performance.
  • Endurance.
  • 2-year data protection and recovery plan included.
  • 5-year warranty

Cons

  • Pricey.

KitGuru says: The IronWolf 110 brings all of Seagate’s NAS drive expertise from the mechanical IronWolf range, into a much faster performing, purpose built SSD. That said, it does come with a hefty price tag.

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Rating: 8.0.

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