Originally Posted by Mfusick
The 5900rpm Seagate 4TB with 1TB platters @ its current $149 price just steals almost all the thunder from the RED 3TB making it a poor choice.
Originally Posted by Mathelo
Just bought 6 3T REDS at $130.00 each. I believe that is on par with the Seagates.
I think it's not just the price aspect that is the killer. It's the other factors too.
The 4TB seagate with 1TB platters is a 5900RPM drive that's really a good choice over a RED WD 3TB for more reasons than it's simply cheaper. (It is cheaper
Seagate 4TB @ $149 (newegg this week) is only $37.25 per TB
WD RED @ $130 is $43.33 per TB.
Not a huge difference in cost so that should't be a super deal breaker; The Seagate is only a little bit cheaper. The deal breaker is that the Seagate bests the WD on power consumption, Speed, capacity in addition to the cost aspect.
I believe a 4TB seagate only consumers about 5 watts. When you consider it's a 4TB and not 3TB (larger drives typically use a little more power) it's really pretty awesome. You get all the things you want in a storage drive. (1TB platters, 4TB size, Super low cost per TB, can be used in media server, No TLER issues, 5900RPM, Low energy, Low Noise, No head parking issues, Low heat and really great performance) I believe a 4TB seagate usually costs less per TB, is faster, uses less energy and it is cheaper in general USA pricing almost consistently.
That is what I was making reference about.
I don't mean to sound negative on the RED WD at all. It's a great drive. I'm just sad that WD is not being aggressive against Seagates very aggressive pricing on the 3TB and 4TB drives. I think the RED 3TB WD @ $109 would be a different story all together. For those limited by LAN network speeds, or those who don't care that it's slower than the Seagates- It would be a good quiet, cool, energy efficient option with a great warranty.
I think WD realizes that they have a built in fan base of WD supporters that are simply going to buy WD drives because WD makes them. They are probably making better margins on this new product differentiation strategy and still selling lots of drives.
RED = Server / NAS
GREEN = low power HTPC/PC or External USB only
BLUE = 7200rpm normal
BLACK = More Robust performance
AV/GP= Tivo DVR, Video editing
RE = Enterprise
Each drive is task specific designed. Each drives sells for a bit more.
I do really appreciate Seagates one size fits all approach. They try to make a single drive that's pretty good at everything- then MFG and sell the crap out of them to benefit from economies of scale. As of now, the 4TB is 5900rpm with 1TB platters making it awesome on energy and cost- The 3TB is 7200RPM making it awesome on performance and Cost- Both are still pretty good on energy, heat, noise, speed etc... you trade a little speed with the 5900rpm for a bit better energy/heat/noise and flip side you gain some speed with 7200rpm but the 7200rpm is still very competitive with the WD 3TB 5400rpm drives on energy/heat and noise.
Pricing is determined at street costs of $139 for WD RED, $120 for Seagate 3TB, and $159 for Seagate 4TB. The stars could be changed based on changes in pricing- which is really the only thing that going to sway a decision towards or away from one drive over another.
Otherwise- Sales are split based on what is important to the buyer. WD is purchased for WD brand preference or scared people who don’t mind overspending for a warranty. Some value the warranty much more than others- and $20 for an extra year warranty makes sense. (* you can get extended coverage replacement on Seagate for like $8 making it a better choice.) Seagate 3TB is for high value/performance applications- with top class performance and great cost. 4TB Seagate is the best solution for low energy, low cost storage- being slower 5900RRPM offering all typical benefits of a GREEN or RED drive with improved performance and lower cost.