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Test System And Benchmarks

Maxtor's Shared Storage Does NAS At Home
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We used the Tom’s Hardware reference platform for testing; details regarding the system configuration can be found in the table below.

System Hardware
Intel-Platform 775Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe core) @ 2.26 GHz
RAM2x 1024 MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
eSATA controllerJMicron JMB363
System hard driveSeagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 8 MB Cache
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA/150
Graphics cardGigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU: 670 MHz
Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Sound cardintegrated
Power supplyCoolermaster RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 Watt

System Software & Drivers
Operating systemWindows Vista Enterprise SP1
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard)
DirectX 9Version: April 2007
Graphics driversATI Radeon Version 7.12
Intel chip set driverVersion 6.9.1.1001 (20/02/2008)
JMicron chip set driverVersion 1.17.15.0 (24/03/2007)

Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

We used the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit to measure the performance of the Maxtor Shared Storage II. The 60 MB software package provides 18 different tests. The focus of the tests is on applications with HD video content and is thus ideally suited for testing NAS systems in home and SOHO situations.

The functional scope includes the multimedia tests, as well as backup and restore functions, copying directories and copying small and large files. The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit is available on the manufacturer’s website free to download

The test results represent the mean value of three test runs. We increased the "Multiple I/O" value to 8 for our tests. We used the Qnap TS 409 Pro which was tested to provide comparison values.

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