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Is Data Encryption Worth Destroying Your NAS' Performance?

The NAS servers in this story from Thecus, Synology, and Qnap are all equipped with the same core components: a dual-core Intel Atom D510 CPU and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. The Synology DS1010+ does come with five drive bays, setting it apart a bit.

After taking a look at the first results, we decided not to run the benchmarks using all the available RAID modes like we usually do, and the reason for that is shown on the next page.

Test Configuration

System Hardware
Intel 775 Plattform
Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G, Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe) @2.26 GHz
RAM2 x 1024 MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
eSATA-ControllerJMicron JMB363
System HDDSeagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 8 MB Cache
Test HDD
4 x 3.5" Samsung Spinpoint HD321KJ, 320 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 16 MB Cache
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics Card
Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H, GPU: 670 MHz, Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256-Bit)
Network Card
Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Sound Card
PSUCooler Master RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 W 
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard)
DirectX 9Version: April 2007
Graphics Drivers
AMD Radeon Version 7.12
Network Drivers (Vista-Standard)
Intel Chipset Drivers
Version (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

The NAS firmware versions used in the tests were as follows:

  • Thecus N4200: 3.00.12
  • Qnap TS-459 Pro: 323 (0209T)
  • Synology DS1010+: 2.3-1161
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