We’re back this week with another giveaway, this time courtesy of Seagate. After giving away some of their new Ironwolf 110 SSDs a couple of months back, this month the company has decided to up the ante. Rather than just giving away the SSDs, this time the company will be giving away a complete NAS setup, comprised of QNAP TS-932X-2G 9 bay NAS, as well as one of each of Seagate’s IronWolf Pro 16TB HDD and Ironwolf 110 240GB SSD.

Starting things off, we have QNAP’s TS-932X-2G, a business-class NAS. This is one of the company’s compact 9 bay NASes, sporting 5 3.5-inch SATA drive bays along with another 4 2.5-inch SATA bays. The NAS is designed particularly for tiered storage, with the 3.5-inch bays being ideal for HDDs, while the 2.5-inch bays can hold SSDs (or in a pinch, 2.5-inch HDDs). Under the hood, the 932X is based on a quad core ARM Cortex A57-based SoC, the Alpine AL-324, which runs at 1.7GHz. This specific model comes with 2GB of DDR4 pre-installed in the single SO-DIMM slot, though it can be upgraded.

In terms of I/O, the NAS comes with a trio of USB 3.0 Type-A ports, among other things. But perhaps the most interesting feature here is the NAS’s Ethernet support: a pair of GigE RJ45 ports, along with a pair of 10GigE SFP+ ports. Owing to its business-focused design, QNAP has opted for SFP+ ports, which means that the NAS can be equipped with any of several different flavors of 10GigE depending on what kind of cabling you’d like to use. The one downside to this is that it means the ports aren’t actually usable without buying a transceiver, so there’s an additional cost (10GBASE-T transceivers are ~$50) before 10GigE is actual usable.

CPU Model Alpine AL-324 (Cortex-A57)
Cores 4C
Freq. 1.7 GHz
Encryption Acceleration 256-bit AES
Memory Speed DDR4, one SO-DIMM slot
Capacity 2 GB, single-channel
Bays 5 × 3.5"
4 × 2.5"
Storage interface SATA 6 Gbps
Ethernet 2 × GbE
2 × 10 GbE SFP+
Audio 1 speaker
1 × 3.5mm audio out
USB 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A  
Other I/O Copy button, buzzer, LED notifications, etc.
Dimensions Height 183 mm | 7.19"
Width 225 mm | 8.85"
Depth 224 mm | 8.8"
Power Consumption Standby 21.66 W
Operating 42.15 W
MSRP $599

Seagate IronWolf HDD & SSD

Meanwhile from Seagate, we have a pair of IronWolf drives from them. For mass storage, the company is including their top capacity 16TB IronWolf HDD. A recently launched product from the company, the 16TB IronWolf is a helium-based 7200 RPM drive, and the highest capacity IronWolf drive from the company to date. As part of the IronWolf family it’s specifically designed for use in NASes, incorporating the necessary sensors and low-vibrational design to best handle being packed in tight with a number of other actively running HDDs.

Seagate is also including one of their IronWolf SSDs as well, the 240GB version of the IronWolf 110. The drives, based on 3D TLC NAND with sustained performance numbers of 560 / 535 MBps sequential reads / writes, support a relatively hearty 1 DWPD endurance, despite the usual read-heavy scenarios that NASes drive. This makes them well suited for use as cache drives, which is exactly what Seagate is going for in this giveaway with the QNAP NAS.

Seagate Ironwolf 110 Series Specifications
Capacity 240 GB 480 GB 960 GB 1920 GB 3840 GB
Form Factor 2.5" 7mm SATA
Sequential Read 560 MB/s
345 MB/s 535 MB/s
Random Read 55k IOPS 75k IOPS 90k IOPS 90k IOPS 85k IOPS
30k IOPS 50k IOPS 55k IOPS 50k IOPS 45k IOPS
Idle Power 1.2 W
Active Power 2.3 W 2.7 W 3.2 W 3.4 W 3.5 W
Warranty 5 years
435 TB
875 TB
1750 TB
3500 TB
7000 TB

The giveaway is running through September 27th and is open to all US residents (sorry, ROW!). You can enter below, and you can find more details (and the full discussion) about the giveaway over on the AnandTech Forums.

AnandTech Seagate IronWolf + QNAP NAS Giveaway

Source: AnandTech Forums

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  • WatcherCK - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - link

    What is peoples opinions of Qnap (versus say Synology or Netgear or Asustor) my perception and a little bit of anecdotal evidence is that the build quality of the Synology gear is less than Qnap, I dont really know much about the Netgear stuff beyond the fact they use btrfs for a filesystem and the Asustor stuff seems good for the feature set and price...
  • Reflex - Friday, September 13, 2019 - link

    You can't really lose between QNAP and Synology. I prefer QNAP myself, I feel they are better for power users and may have had fewer security issues, but really its splitting hairs overall as both are solid choices.
  • FSWKU - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - link

    So a NAS with a single drive, so if it fails you're still up a creek. Adding a second drive to make it even remotely viable would require a $500 expenditure. To fill the unit with the same model drive would require a $2,000 outlay beyond the single drive.

    If it came with 5x 4TB drives, you'd have something useful with a similar amount of storage.

    And no way to enter other than Twitter shilling? Pass.
  • patel21 - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - link

    Who is forcing you to use the same 16GB drive that you win. You can choose to sell it and get 4 4TB drives.
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  • Gunbuster - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - link

    I'd use this to backup my current NAS
  • Manch - Friday, September 13, 2019 - link

    Complaining about a free giveaway LOL Buy another 16GBor as the other reply states sell and get 4TB drives. Either way, if you won, it would reduce your costs of setting one up. Or, be salty, complain, and don't enter. Yeah...the latter is a better idea.
  • /nev/dull - Sunday, September 15, 2019 - link

    anti-social engineers need storage too.

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