Seagate was one of the first vendors to introduce SSDs targeting the consumer / SMB / SME NAS markets with the IronWolf SSD 110 series at the 2019 CES. Western Digital put up their offerings in the market segment in the form of the WD Red SA500 in Q4 2019. Both SSD families are SATA-based - however, while the WD Red SA500 comes in both 2.5" and M.2 form-factors, the IronWolf 110 family comprises of 2.5" drives only.

Seagate is again taking the lead with the launch of the IronWolf 510 SSD series today. This is a M.2 NVMe with a 1 DWPD rating - significantly higher than other SSDs targeting the market segment today. Key confirmed specifications are captured in the table below. We are in the process of gather more information to fill up the pending entries in the table.

The Seagate IronWolf 510 SSDs for NAS
Capacity 240 GB 480 GB 960 GB 1920 GB
Model Number ZP240NM30011 ZP480NM30011 ZP960NM30011 ZP1920NM30011
Controller Phison E12DC (PS5012-E12DC) Enterprise SSD Controller
Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
(22.15mm x 80.15mm x 2.23mm)
(22.15mm x 80.15mm x 3.58mm)
Seq. Read (128KB @ QD32) 2450 MBps 2650 MBps 3150 MBps
Seq. Write (128KB @ QD32) 290 MBps 600 MBps 1000 MBps 850 MBps
Rand. Read IOPS (QD32T8) 100K 199K 380K 290K
Rand. Write IOPS (QD32T8) 13K 21K 29K 27K
Pseudo-SLC Caching No SLC Caching
DRAM Buffer 512MB 1GB 2GB
TCG Opal Encryption No (TCG Pyrite Supported)
Power Consumption Avg Active 5.3 W 6 W
Avg Idle 1.75 1.83 1.95 2.0
Warranty 5 years (including 2 years of Rescue Data Recovery Services)
MTBF 1.8 million hours
TBW 435 875 1750 3500
UBER 1E10^16
Additional Information Link
MSRP $120 $170 $320 $540

Seagate states that the drives are available for purchase today at prices ranging from $120 (for the 240GB model) to $540 (for the 1.92TB version). Two years of Rescue Data Recovery services are bundled in the five-year warranty. SOHO / SMB NAS units with a large number of M.2 NVMe SSD slots are rare right now. Some QNAP NAS units do support expansion capabilities with add-in cards (like the QM2-2P-384, and the IronWolf 510 is a perfect fit for usage with those expansion cards.

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  • jbanko70 - Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - link

    Would IronWolf 510 SSDs for NAS have 4TB spec like Seagate 4TB IronWolf 5900 rpm SATA III 3.5? Also, your text is very useful but still next time, I'd check the text in that is a free tool.
  • ikjadoon - Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - link

    I'm still raw from Seagate's IronWolf HDD caching debacle last year: seven months to ship a firmware to fix the write cache flushing bug. In 2019, people spent half the year with a disabled write cache.

    These things happen, but 7+ months is an incredibly long wait for something that has "NAS-ready reliability".
  • Ahnilated - Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - link

    Why would you post an article with this many question marks in the data? This is a total waste of an article.
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - link

    Because it's better to state what we don't know rather than leaving it up to question. (A known unknown, as it were, instead of an unknown unknown)
  • ganeshts - Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - link

    In these times of WFH for even big companies, we don't get fast turnaround for our questions in time for the announcement going live.

    I have now resolved almost all of the '?' entries. A few are remaining, and we have reached out to Seagate for further clarification.
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - link

    All pending '?' entries have now been updated with additional information.
  • ksec - Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - link

    Isn't this expensive? I want SSD that is build for Data Capacity. Anything above 500MBps will be fine, but in TB of capacity.
  • PaulHoule - Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - link

    What's the point of this kind of product? All of these specialized drive types for NAS, video surveillance, and similar uses have always seemed like a bit of a scam to me. Kinda like "I am building a NAS, I guess I gotta use a NAS drive, I guess I gotta pay $120 more than a Samsung 970 EVO pro" -- a moment of mindlessness and you've spent $800 you didn't have to on a RAID array. (Meantime, normal people smell something wrong and don't buy a NAS)

    I understand that NAS drives might be in an environment with a little more vibration than regular drives and how that matters for an HDD, but what is different about a NAS SSD?
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - link

    The 970 *PRO* maxes out at 0.6 DWPD IIRC. This is a 1DWPD product. Let me know if you see any M.2 NVMe SSD out there with a 1 DWPD rating at similar pricing.

    There are different target market for different SSDs - The 970 class of products do not compete with the IronWolf 510 in the latter's target market - creative professionals, and SMB / SME NAS units. If you are having a single-user NAS for home use, things are different - even consumer SSD models like the 970 EVO can be used, as you are unlikely to hit their write endurance limitations. Multi-user / high-traffic NAS systems are a completely different ball game with respect to the amount of write traffic they need to handle because of their workloads.
  • soltys - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Does it have full PLP ? Older Ironwolves didn't have one despite claiming to be "enterprise"ish.

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