Review: WD Red SA500 M.2 1TB NAS SSD

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Populating NAS servers with an SSD is the next big trend for that storage solution. With prices coming down and storage volume sizes going up we just had to check out the 1 TB SA500 from Western Digit...

    Review: WD Red SA500 M.2 1TB NAS SSD
     
  2. Ven0m

    Ven0m Ancient Guru

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    I think that ZFS box with some RAM & SSD for cache + spindle disks for storage in RAID-Z2 would make more sense than going SSDs only, at least with such total writes value.
     
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    rl66 Ancient Guru

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    If it was to put in a PC i would said so, but red's target are NAS and RAID dedicated system, nearly all wich use M2 are SATA... then it make sense.

    Nice review Hilbert
     
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    schmidtbag Ancient Guru

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    I don't understand what makes this more special for a NAS than any other TLC SSD. If endurance was the selling point, they'd have made it MLC or SLC.
     
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    WD is either completely incompetent or is purposely kneecapping their consumer line to push sales to their higher-end product lines or to their HGST labeled devices.
     
  6. wavetrex

    wavetrex Maha Guru

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    I have a software setup based on PrimoCache on my server, 1 SSD + many HDDs.
    What this resolves by offloading commonly (or recently) accessed data to the SSD is save a lot of power by spinning down the disks for most of the time.

    The computer eats around 80W in idle with all disks in power saving mode (not spinning), and if I do a check it jumps to over 200W and stays there until the 10 minute power management kicks in.
    Amazing how much HDDs can consume when there are lots of them !
    Not to mention that the machine is nearly silent with the disks not spinning, while being quite noisy with them on !

    Not sure if NASes do the same, but it would be a good use case for such a drive.

    For speed ? Nah, not much, since the likelyhood of data needing to be accessed from the HDDs is high, 1TB nowhere near enough cache for a 100+ TB array...
     
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    The main use is for acceleration, the main media is still HDD, 1To for a 100 To? if you have that kind of configuration you certainaly have the money to have better, big dedicated RAM and many SDD to reach descent perf.
    MLC and SLC are for the pro catalog and are to be used as main unit (and are way more expensive too).
     

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