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UK’s Most Awarded PC Manufacturer

As one of the top manufacturers of UK gaming computers, Chillblast is no stranger to winning awards. In fact, we’ve taken first place in the PC Pro Excellence Awards (previously known as the ‘Reliability and Service Awards’) a record ten times. We’ve also been named ‘Desktop Retailer of the Year’ by PC Advisor for four consecutive years.

But doesn’t mean competition wasn’t intense. Chillblast was up against some of the biggest names in the industry, including Apple, Dell, PC Specialist and Scan. In the most recent round of awards (2018), Chillblast took first place with an astounding 97% customer satisfaction rating.

The secret to our consistently high rankings and stellar customer-satisfaction ratings is simple. You see, from the time that you enquire about a Chillblast gaming computer to the moment it’s delivered, you’ll be dealing with representatives who really understand your needs. That’s because Chillblast only employs PC experts – even for customer service positions.

When you call in, you’ll rarely have to wait before speaking to a representative. And we also check our email regularly in order to offer prompt call-backs. The result is a seamless service model in which you’re kept in the loop and confident that the representative you’re dealing with understands your technical needs and expectations.

Rated ‘Excellent’ by our customers! Based on 4385 reviews
5 Year Warranty (Terms & Conditions Apply)

Given the fact that we manufacturer some of the best gaming desktops currently available, it should come as no surprise that we’re willing to stand beside our craftsmanship. Chillblast’s industry-leading warranty offers two phases of protection.

Our standard warranty begins with a two-year collect-and-return package, during which time we offer local-rate telephone support and unlimited repairs. We’ll both collect and return your custom pc at no charge. This applies to all models – whether you purchased a cheap gaming desktop or an ultra-high-spec custom built PC.

But we don’t stop there. Chillblast also offers an additional three years of warranty coverage after your collect-and-return package expires. During those three years, we’ll continue to provide labour-only support.

We believe this is one of the best warranties available from any custom PC builder in the UK. And if you’re looking for additional peace of mind, we also offer a 3 Year Gold Collect-and-Return Warranty as a potential add-on for desktop PCs specifically.

Buy a gaming desktop or custom build PC from Chillblast, and the benefits continue long after that initial five-year period. Even out of warranty, Chillblast is delighted to offer customers exclusive upgrades and repair services with discounted parts and subsidised collection, delivery and labour charges.

The full terms and conditions of our warranty can be found here.

Seagate IronWolf and IronWolf Pro Hard Drives Review

24/03/2020

In your everyday laptop and desktops, The BarraCuda range are Seagates drives of choice, coming in every shape and capacity that you could wish for in a reliable machine. If you’re looking for something a little faster, a little snappier and a little more game-oriented, then Seagate’s FireCuda range is exactly what you need. They’re blisteringly fast and come in a similar range of options.

But what if you’re looking for something more… long-term? What if you need something with oodles of storage space and the reliability to keep it there securely?

In comes Seagate’s IronWolf range of drives and, like the name suggests, they’re focussed on rock-steady performance, reliability and maximum storage space.

What is IronWolf?

The IronWolf range is Seagate’s professional range of drives. The range is focussed on businesses and prosumers who need serious capacity and reliability in their storage solutions. Seagate’s focus for these drives is on Network Attached Storage (NAS), but they’re equally relevant to users who want serious reliability from their in-system storage and RAID arrays. 

Going Pro, IronWolf Pro

If the IronWolf range of drives isn’t quite serious enough for you, there’s always the IronWolf Pro range of drives to add on top. The Pro line-up of drives are Seagate’s top-of-the-range NAS Storage drives. They take everything great about the IronWolf drives and dial it up to 11.

The Pro drives are going to give you greater reliability, faster speeds, and longer life. More on that and how they compare, coming up.

Options Available

Unlike Seagate’s BarraCuda and FireCuda range, the IronWolf range is limited to just 3.5 inch Hard Disk Storage. Not a negative in our book, let’s be honest here, if you’re looking for a different form-factor, you’re not using these drives for their optimal and intended use.

The IronWolf range of drives comes in a staggering number of storage options, starting at just 1TB (The Pro range starts at 2TB) and goes all the up to 16TB per drive. 16 TB, 14 TB, 12 TB, 10 TB, 8 TB, 6 TB, 4 TB and 2 TB.

Having such a range of storage size options is nice to see. When choosing drives for your NAS, the price between 8x 4TB drives and 8x 8TB is huge, having storage options in-between to finesse your NAS to your own price range and needs is a nice bonus and something we like to see. 

Performance

We’re taking a look at the 4TB IronWolf Pro for this next section, a common capacity and a good reflection for a lot of our customers.

Comparing the 4TB IronWolf Pro with its non-professional brother highlights a number of benefits in the Pro model. Here are the headline specs and comparison:

 

 

4TB IronWolf

4TB IronWolf Pro

Spindle Speed

5,900rpm

7,000rpm

Max Sustained Transfer Rate OD

180MB/s

220MB/s

Cache

64MB

128MB                

Mean Time Between Failures

1,000,000 Hours

1,200,000 Hours

Limited Warranty

3 Years

5 Years

Drive Bays Supported

Up to 8

Up to 24

 

Whilst both the IronWolf and the IronWolf Pro drives feature exceptional performance in class, the Pro definitely offers some serious benefits for the high-end user looking for some serious reliability.

At this capacity, the Pro drive offers an additional 40MB/s transfer speeds (up to 220MB/s in the Ironwolf Pro compared to 180MB/s in the Ironwolf) and double the Cache. The Pro variant also boasts an average 200,000 hours additional life over the standard IronWolf. In terms of real-world benefits, this equals faster access to your work files, faster back-up times (and therefore more frequent) and most importantly, a 20% longer average lifespan. Seagate’s putting its money where its mouth is too, with an extended five-year limited warranty, compared to the regular three-year limited warranty. 

All great in theory, but how does it stack up in actual testing?

Testing

For our testing, we used CrystalDiskMark like we do with all of our disk testing. We ran our IronWolf 4TB Pro through a range of tests and compared it to other drives of similar classes to see how it performed.

 (Test Results in MB/s)

SEQ1M Q8T1

SEQ1M Q1T1

RND4K Q32T16

RND4K Q1T1

 

Read

Write

Read

Write

Read

Write

Read

Write

Seagate IronWolf Pro 4TB

226

223

225

224

3

3.1

0.8

3.4

Seagate BarraCuda 4TB

195

188

196

192

1.8

1.6

0.6

1.5

WD Gold 4TB

214

164

214

156

2.8

1.9

2

2.3

 

The Seagate Drive not only performs as or better than advertised, but it’s performance far exceeds that of its sister drives and other competitors in its space.

In our initial test of Sequentially read/writing data with a Queue of 8 and 1 thread, the drive performed an excellent 226MB/s Read and 223MB/s Write, exactly as advertised and faster than any other drive in our tests. As always, the RDN4K tests slowed the drive down massively, but compared to the other drives, still came out on top in the majority of cases.

The Perfect Pairing

The IronWolf range of drives, especially the Pro, are a sturdy range to choose from for any serious storage needs. They’re better performing than the majority of the competition, longer-lasting and very price competitive. Their long life and performance makes them an ideal choice for incremental NAS Increases as your storage demands require. However, as a in-system drive for professional use, (as with all Hard Drives in 2020), you can’t rely on this alone. A faster drive is required for your operating system and software to run from.

The perfect combination for drives like this is with an ultra-fast NVME storage drive. These drives can be literally 20x faster, but they lack the raw storage and longevity that the IronWolf Pro drives have.

As mentioned at the start of the article, you could pair your IronWolf Pro drives with one of Seagate’s own M.2 NVME drives in our Desktop PC Configurator. Choose from our wide range of parts and build the perfect PC for your needs.