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Test System And Details

Atom-Powered NAS: Thecus N4200 And QNAP TS-459 Pro

Test Configuration

System Hardware
Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G; Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe core) @ 2.26 GHz
RAM2 x 1,024MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
eSATA ControllerJMicron JMB363
System Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160GB
7,200 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s, 8MB Cache
Test Hard Drives
4 x 3.5" Samsung Spinpoint HD321KJ
320GB, 7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16MB Cache
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Video Card
Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU: 670 MHz; Memory: 512MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256-bit)
Network Card
Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Sound Card
Power Supply
Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 Watt  
System Software
Operating System
Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard)
DirectX 9Version: April 2007
Graphic Drivers
ATI Radeon Version 7.12
Network Drivers (Vista Standard)
Intel Chipset DriversVersion (20/02/2008)
JMicron Chipset Drivers
Version (24/03/2007)

Intel NAS Performance Toolkit 

We tested the NAS devices using the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit. For a more detailed description of the benchmarks, see the article Benchmarking With Intel's NAS Toolkit.

The Thecus N4200 used the firmware version 3.00.12 in our tests, while the QNAP TS-459 Pro used the firmware version 323 (0209T).

Power and Noise (Subjective)

Both NAS devices consume about the same amount of power, which should come as no surprise considering their almost identical hardware. The noise of both units was subjectively measured, and while they seem rather equal, the QNAP TS-459 Pro didn't do quite as good a job at dampening hard drive vibrations. This resulted in a slight but annoying humming sound. Gently pressing on the hard drive housing made the humming go away permanently. The plastic rails used in the Thecus N4200 drive bays are the better solution. Both NAS units are quiet enough to keep next to you while you work without being a bother.

 Thecus N4200QNAP TS-459 Pro
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