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Review: Qnap TS-231P

by Parm Mann on 14 February 2017, 16:30

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Test Methodology

NAS Comparisons

  CPU Memory Disk Drives RAID Mode Firmware Date Reviewed Reviewed Price
Asustor AS6202T 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3150 (quad-core) 4GB DDR3 2x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional) RAID 1 2.6.6.RCF2 January 2017 £390
Qnap TBS-453A-8G NASbook 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3150 (quad-core) 8GB DDR3 2x 256GB Transcend MTS800 M.2 SSD (optional) RAID 1 4.2.1 build 20160601 July 2016 £380
Qnap TS-231P 1.7GHz Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212 (dual-core) 1GB DDR3 2x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional) RAID 1 4.2.3 build 20170121 February 2017 £180
Qnap TS-251A-4G 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 (dual-core) 4GB DDR3 2x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional) RAID 1 4.2.2 build 20160901 September 2016 £330
Synology DS216j 1.0GHz Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 (dual-core) 512MB DDR3 2x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional) RAID 1 5.2-5644 March 2016 £140
Synology DS216play 1.5GHz STM STiH412 (dual-core) 1GB DDR3 2x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional) RAID 1 6.0.2-8451-1 September 2016 £185
WD My Cloud Pro Series PR2100 1.6GHz Intel Pentium N3710 (quad-core) 4GB DDR3 2x 8TB WD Red WD80EFZX (included) RAID 1 2.21.111 August 2016 £860


HEXUS Test Client

Hardware Components Product Page
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (overclocked to 4.4GHz) intel.com
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15S noctua.at
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro asus.com
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2400 crucial.com
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W bequiet.com
Primary Storage 256GB Samsung 950 Pro samsung.com
Secondary Storage 512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300 skhynix.com
Chassis Fractal Design Define R5 Windowed fractal-design.com
Monitor Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED (288P6LJEB/00) philips.co.uk
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit) microsoft.com

HEXUS NAS Benchmark Suite

Benchmark Test Description
CrystalDiskMark Sequential Read A 1GB sequential read using a 128KB block size.
Sequential Write A 1GB sequential write using a 128KB block size.
4K Read Q32 A random spread of 4KB reads at a queue depth of 32.
4K Write Q32 A random spread of 4KB writes at a queue depth of 32.
Intel NASPT Content Creation 98 files, 39 per cent sequential, 95 per cent writes up to 64KB
Office Productivity 607 files, 81 per cent sequential, 1KB reads and writes.
Directory Copy From NAS 2,833 files, 53 per cent sequential, 64KB reads.
Photo Album 169 files, 80 per cent sequential, 100 per cent reads of various sizes.
Power Consumption Load NAS power draw recorded while running CrystalDiskMark.
Idle NAS power draw recorded when idle.
Standby NAS power draw recorded with drives in standby, if applicable.
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise output while running CrystalDiskmark.

Notes

All comparison servers are tested using a single Gigabit Ethernet link with jumbo frames disabled and are connected to our test client and network via a TP-Link TL-SG1024 switch.

Server and storage benchmarks are fraught with numerous variables, ranging from disks used, file system, network equipment and of course the number of connected clients. Keeping things relatively simple, our tests are carried out using 4TB WD Red (WD40EFRX) hard disks in RAID 1 or RAID 5 configurations depending on number of bays. Alternative disks are only used when a pre-populated NAS is being reviewed.

To provide a look at potential performance, our first benchmark is the freely available and widely used CrystalDiskMark. Our second benchmark - NAS Performance Toolkit, developed by Intel - is a file-system exerciser designed to provide performance comparisons between network storage devices. Intel's utility focuses on user-level performance using real-world workload traces gathered from common applications. NASPT reproduces the file-system traffic observed in various traces onto a chosen storage device and records performance in MB/s.

Last but not least, we measure NAS power draw during three states; under load, idle and standby mode if applicable, while a noise reading is taken using a PCE-318 meter.