Comparison NAS Solutions
|CPU||Memory||Disk Drives||RAID Mode||Network Connection||Firmware||Date Reviewed||Reviewed Price|
|Iomega StorCenter ix4-300d||1.30GHz Marvell Armada CP (dual-core)||512MB DDR3||4x 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 (included)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||188.8.131.52856||Feb 2013||£263|
|Qnap TS-451-4G||2.41GHz Intel Celeron J1800 (dual-core, 1MB cache)||4GB DDR3L||4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||4.1.3||May 2015||£400|
|Qnap TS-453mini-8G||2.0GHz Intel Celeron J1900 (quad-core, 2MB cache)||8GB DDR3L||4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||4.1.4||June 2015||£490|
|Qnap TS-453 Pro-8G||2.0GHz Intel Celeron J1900 (quad-core, 2MB cache)||8GB DDR3L||4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||4.1.1||Dec 2014||£520|
|Synology DS1515||1.4GHz Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 (quad-core)||2GB DDR3||5x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||5.1-5022||Apr 2015||£498|
|Synology DS414j||1.2GHz Mindspeed Comcerto C2200 (dual-core)||512MB DDR3||4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||5.0-4482||May 2014||£258|
|Thecus N4310||1.0GHz APM 86491 SoC (single-core, 256KB L2 cache)||1GB DDR3||4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (optional)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||OS6.build_809.a||Dec 2014||£260|
|Thecus N5550||1.86GHz Intel Atom D2550 (dual-core, 1MB cache)||2GB DDR3||5x 1TB Samsung HD103SJ
|RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||2.03.08||Feb 2013||£450|
|WD My Cloud DL4100||1.70GHz Intel Atom C2338 (dual-core, 1MB cache)||2GB DDR3||4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (included)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||01.06.118||Apr 2015||£1,130|
|WD My Cloud EX4100||1.6GHz Marvell Armada 388 (dual-core)||2GB DDR3||4x 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX (included)||RAID 5||Gigabit Ethernet||1.06.127||Mar 2015||£900|
| File Copy Test (8.83GB)
Intel NAS Performance Toolkit v1.7.1
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.