As such, the IronWolf 125 Pro may be overkill for your needs and the noticeably lower asking price of the standard model may make it a better overall value. Of course, peace of mind is priceless, so if you can afford one (or more) of these bad boys the IronWolf Pro 960GB model should be on your short, short list. We foresee it becoming a cult classic in experienced homebrew circles. Just as we foresee the standard doing the same for the NAS Appliance and PC storage market. Rest assured, no matter which model you choose you can be confident that they will not be the bottleneck in your NAS device and certainly are worth their asking price… and then some.
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The all new Crucial X6 may not win any awards for sheer speed (as it is SATA and not NVMe based) nor for having the lowest asking price in the market… and certainly no awards for being the most robust; but those are about the only major negatives we can think of. This is a rather flexible, predictable, and not overly expensive model that we can see making waves in a corner of the market that has become rather saturated of late. That in and of itself is impressive.
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Taken as a whole, if you are not impressed by what Seagate was able to do… you have not been paying attention. It may not be flashy, it arguably is not being marketed optimally, and certainly is not a ‘revolutionary break through’ we have come to expect, but this new gen is a great evolution to an existing foundation. A firm foundation that has been further refined, and this refinement does pay tangible dividends. As such, if you can afford the asking price the Seagate IronWolf Pro 18TB easily justifies its professional moniker and its asking price – and then some. For those that cannot? Fear not, the release of this 18TB capacity model also means eventual price adjustment(s) to the smaller capacity models… and they are not chopped bits of mystery meat either – especially when they get 2TB platter tech in the future.