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Network Storage: Three NAS Units Rounded Up
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As usual, we skip installation of Jumbo Frames in our testing because, although they enable higher data-transfer rates, they can also cause problems due to an absence of standards governing their implementation. Otherwise, we ran benchmarks using our standard reference platform. The following table provide details about hardware components involved.

System Hardware 
Intel Platform
Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G 

Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007) 
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe core) @2.26 GHz 
RAM 2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 
eSATA-Controller JMicron JMB363 
System Hard Disk
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB 

7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 8 MB Cache 
Test Hard Disk
Samsung Spinpoint HD321KJ, 320 GB 

7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache 
DVD-ROM Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150 
Graphics Card
Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H 

GPU: 670 MHz 

RAM: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit) 
Network Interface
Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller 
Sound Card
Integrated
Power Supply
Coolermaster RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 W 


System Software & Drivers
OSWindows Vista Enterprise SP1 
DirectX 10 DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard) 
DirectX 9 Version: April 2007 
Graphics Drivers
AMD Radeon Version 7.12 
Network Drivers
9.0.32.3 (Vista-Standard) 
Intel Chipset Driver
Version 6.9.1.1001 (20/02/2008) 
JMicron Chipset Driver
Version 1.17.15.0 (24/03/2007) 


Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

We used the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit. You'll find a write-up of these benchmarks in our recent story on Hacking the HP EX470/475 MediaSmart Servers, where the individual tests and their results are discussed.

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