QNAP SilentNAS HS-251+ 2-Bay Passive-Cooled NAS Review

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Testing Method


Most of the hardware for NAS testing isn’t an important factor when it comes to benchmarks, most of it comes down to the network infrastructure. I will be teaming the two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports on my test bench and connect them to my managed switch. The same will be done with the available LAN ports on the NAS, which should give a great testing environment.

As part of the testing, the NAS is connected through a D-Link DXS-1210-12TC managed 10GBase switch and then to our test bench to give the best real world setup test that we can and the NAS itself will be packed with Western Digital’s latest RED NAS drives. Intel’s NASPT software does require us to drop the memory down to 2GB, as using any more would lead to data caching and skew the results.

I will be testing the NAS box performance under each of the RAID options that it has available as well just a single drive. Full volume encryption and shared folder encryption will also be tested where available, to check what impact it has on the performance. The USB 3.0 speeds will be measured with our trusted Angelbird SSD2go Pocket drive.

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Test system:

Disks in Product:

Network Setup:

We would like to thank our sponsors for supplying us with the components needed for the test system as well as drives.

Software used:

With a device of this sort having so many different applications, Intel’s NASPT software covers all the bases and also gives us a set of results that we will be able to utilize and give a benchmark against other similar systems in the future.

Intel NASPT (Network Attached Storage Performance Toolkit) performs its test by transferring varying sizes and quantities of data to and from the device based on twelve different scenarios.

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Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A closer look
  3. System Specifications, Features & Power Consumption
  4. Setup - Initialization and Storage Options
  5. Setup - Users, Groups, Shares, and File Services
  6. Setup - There is more, Add-Ons & External Devices
  7. Direct Usage via HybridDesk Station
  8. Testing Method
  9. HD Video Playback
  10. 2x HD Video Playback
  11. 4x HD Video Playback
  12. HD Video Record
  13. HD Playback & Record
  14. Content Creation
  15. Office Productivity
  16. File Copy to NAS
  17. File Copy from NAS
  18. Directory Copy to NAS
  19. Directory Copy from NAS
  20. Photo Album
  21. Average Throughput
  22. Encryption
  23. Available File Formats and iSCSI
  24. Final Thoughts
  25. View All

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