HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB – Test Setup
In testing the HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD, I am using a Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake processor. The drives are set to AHCI for the individual benchmarks and RAID for the RAID-0 tests. Below are the rest of the specifications of the test system.
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61
Memory: Klevv Cras DDR4-3000 16GB
Graphics card: Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition
Storage Drives: Plextor M6e Black Edition (OS Drive)
Power Supply: Seasonic 1050W Platinum
Chassis: DimasTech Bench Table Easy V3.0
Note: The benchmark results below are the results I got during my tests using the specific sample HGST sent – Deskstar NAS 6TB, model: HDN726060ALE610. Performance may vary from one capacity to another and from one system to another. You may or may not get the same exact results shown in this review. During my tests, each result does not remain at a constant or fix read/write speeds. The results are not cherry picked as well. But the results are the more constant numbers I got while running the same benchmark several times.
HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB – Temperature
The HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB drive, although a NAS drive, I consider it as a high performance hard drive running at 7200 RPM. You’ll soon find out why I consider it as a high performance drive when you see the benchmark results. It does produce more heat compared to a 5400 RPM drive. So basically on idle to medium load, temperature can play from 40° to 50° degree Celsius. If you use it inside your desktop and you have a good amount of air flow, or there are fans that are pointing directly to the drive, then it should be able to keep the temperature at around 50 to 58° even at full load.
I would not recommend that you use the HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD on a fanless NAS system. I have a QNAP HS-251 and temperature is reaching 65° +/- on load. That is just too high for the drive and it is not good specially for prolonged use.