QNAP SilentNAS HS-210 2-Bay NAS Review

by - 7 years ago

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Testing Method


When testing a device of this sort, the system that we use to test with is not a major factor in its performance. The performance of the NAS box comes down to the network it’s running on and its own internal hardware. 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 utilise and therefore 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.

Intel_NASPT

As part of the testing, the NAS is connected to our core network through a Netgear GS724TPS managed Gigabit switch and then to our test bench to give the best real world setup test that we can. The NAS itself is packed out with Western Digital’s latest line of Enterprise class hard drive, the Se and also with the highest capacity possible; in this case 4TB each.

The system that we use to run the Intel NASPT software does require us to drop the memory right down to 2GB as any more than this leads to data caching and therefore skews the results from the NAS box.

Following on from this we test the NAS box performance under each of the RAID options that it has available, to show, depending on the end users needs, the relational differences in speed from the drive and thus one can decide which particular RAID configuration will be best for them.

In addition to measuring the performance of the NAS as it is built to be used, we have noticed that ma number of users are using the USB3.0 ports (where available) to connect up secondary storage devices such as external hard drives or flash drives. Consequently I will now be testing the throughput of the USB3.0 port by connecting our high performing Patriot Magnum 256GB flash drive.

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. System Spec, GUI & Power Consumption
  4. Testing Method
  5. HD Video Playback
  6. 2x HD Video Playback
  7. 4x HD Video Playback
  8. HD Video Record
  9. HD Playback & Record
  10. Content Creation
  11. Office Productivity
  12. File Copy to NAS
  13. File Copy from NAS
  14. Directory Copy to NAS
  15. Directory Copy from NAS
  16. Photo Album
  17. Final Thoughts
  18. View All

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6 Comments on QNAP SilentNAS HS-210 2-Bay NAS Review

  • Avatar Wayne says:

    Maybe one of these years I’ll find a NAS handy but at the moment I have absolutely no use for them, I guess a lot do though.

    • Avatar Ryan Martin says:

      Build your own! Actually I am working on a DIY NAS Build Guide, currently on hold for my exams, but yes I think it might appeal to you when I finally finish it. It is about building the most cost efficient NAS possible so yes..right up your street 😉

  • Avatar Dromo says:

    All the points are good BUT .. there is no reliable evidence that the raised temps you quote will lead to any discernable decrease in disc life (possibly over the very long term 8-10 years).
    direct playback would be nice but maybe too much of a (software/copyright) can of worms?
    ryan martin .. quietness+ (but keep an eye on the HP microserver)

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