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Review: Qnap TS-453 Pro

by Parm Mann on 2 December 2014, 09:30

Tags: Qnap

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Test Methodology

Network Storage Configurations

 
Qnap TS-453 Pro
CPU
1.30GHz Marvell Armada CP (dual-core)
2.0GHz Intel Celeron J1900 (quad-core, 2MB cache)
1.2GHz Mindspeed Comcerto C2200 (dual-core)
1.86GHz Intel Atom D2550 (dual-core, 1MB cache)
Memory
512MB DDR3
8GB DDR3L
512MB DDR3
2GB DDR3
Disk drives
4x 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 (included)
4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)
4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)
5x 1TB Samsung HD103SJ
(optional)
RAID mode
RAID 5
RAID 5
RAID 5
RAID 5
Network connection
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Firmware
3.3.4.29856
4.1.1
5.0-4482
2.03.08

Benchmarks

File Copy Test (8.83GB)
Intel NAS Performance Toolkit v1.7.1
Power Consumption

Notes

All of our comparison NAS servers are tested using a single Gigabit Ethernet link with Jumbo frames disabled, and are connected to our Intel client machine and network via a Netgear GS108 switch.

Taking a look at a basic usage scenario, our file copy test involves moving a mixed assortment of files totalling 8.83GB in size from our client to the NAS. The result is recorded in MB/s.

Our second benchmark - the NAS Performance Toolkit, developed by Intel - is a file-system exerciser specifically designed to provide performance comparisons between NAS devices. Intel's utility focuses on user-level performance using real-world workload traces gathered from typical digital home applications such as HD video playback and record. Intel 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.

Readers should note that our usual hard drives - 1TB Samsung HD103SJs - have bitten the dust. 4TB WD Red hard drives (model WD40EFRX) have been introduced as a replacement and these drives will be used in all future NAS reviews. The Synology DS414j and Qnap TS-453 Pro are the first units to be tested with the WD Red hard drives and can be directly compared.