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Test System And Benchmarks

Open-E's DSS V6: Storage Software Set Up, Managed, And Benchmarked
By , Marcel Binder

Of course, we couldn’t help but to benchmark Thecus' appliance with Open-E. The N8800PRO is currently our only eight-bay NAS server, precluding comparisons to competing models. However, in the interest of including some degree of baseline performance, we do have data for a couple of five-bay servers, Qnap's TS-559 Pro+ and Synology's DS1511.

You'll want to take these results in context. Depending on your own target environment and performance-oriented settings (stuff like the block size, RAID algorithm, physical disks operating concurrently, or addition of the 10 Gb Ethernet option), the throughput you see could be higher, or even lower. There's also the fact that we're comparing different drives. The N8800PRO submitted to us included Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 disks, while the drives installed in the Qnap TS-559 Pro+ and Synology DS1511 were Samsung HD103SJs.

System Hardware
MotherboardAsus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev. 1.03G, Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (11/02/2007)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe core) @2.26 GHz
RAM2 x 1024 MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
eSATA ControllerJMicron JMB363
System Disk
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 8 MB Cache
Data Disks
8 x 3.5" Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000, 2000 GB, 5400 RPM, SATA 6Gb/s, 32 MB Cache
Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics Card
Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H, GPU: 670 MHz, RAM: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256-bit)
Network Card
Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Power Supply
Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 W 
System Software & Drivers
Operating System
Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
Graphics Driver
ATI Radeon Version 7.12
Network Driver (Vista-Standard)
Intel Chipset DriverVersion (20/02/2008)
JMicron Chipset DriverVersion (24/03/2007)

Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

We use Intel's NAS Performance Toolkit to test the NAS devices that make their way through our lab. You can read more about this software in Benchmarking With Intel's NAS Toolkit.

Sound Level and Power Dissipation

It is fairly obvious that a rack-mounted server like the N8800PRO was never intended to live its life next to your workstation. Its power consumption, which hovers around 114 W, isn't too bad. However, its acoustic output is less tolerable. Eight total fans generate a sound level of 53.4 db(A). This is certainly no personal video server.

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