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Asustor AS5108T NAS Review

The Asustor AS5108T provides high network traffic performance with existing gigabit networks. This model's four Ethernet ports can aggregate for 10GbE-like transfers.

Conclusion

Asustor's AS5108T hits high marks in almost every category. It's available at a range of price points, depending on the seller you trust to buy from. We found the AS5108T for less than $800 and up to almost $1100. Assuming you're looking at the lower end of that scale, the system represents an excellent value compared to nearly every other eight-bay appliance. We'd especially like to see how it does against QNAP's TS-851; the two sport similar specifications and features.

QNAP and Asustor lead the market in software features. The former's products introduce a lot of enterprise-oriented capabilities to lower-cost hardware. The latter takes a more client-focused approach, implementing those features really well.

The ADM operating system is easy to work with and ties into the platform really well. Most NAS companies have moved over to the Web 2.0 look. But Asustor was the first. Most of the competition followed suit because the layout, drag-and-drop icon placement and overall experience make the OS more user-friendly.

Performance wise, Asustor's Linux-based Data Master operating system utilizes the hardware to its fullest potential. Even with just 2GB of RAM, the AS5108T keeps pace with appliances sporting more powerful SoCs. The limited system memory can become an issue once you start loading up lots of applications. Fortunately, there's always the option to add more through a second slot. That's an upgrade we'd highly recommend.

Update: Asustor released ADM 2.5 after we finished this review. We tested with version 2.4. One of the new features in version 2.5 is the inclusion of SMB 3.0.

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  • KupuAnd1
    The software GUI looks like a Synology's DSM copy.
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  • SirGCal
    I didn't see where they mentioned WHO made the NICs.. are they Intel, Realtech, Maxwell, etc? Or some of each? Only that they could be bundled...

    Also, was it ECC memory?
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  • jimmysmitty
    16843464 said:
    I didn't see where they mentioned WHO made the NICs.. are they Intel, Realtech, Maxwell, etc? Or some of each? Only that they could be bundled...

    Also, was it ECC memory?

    I can't find anything stating what NICs they use. I would prefer Intel though.

    And it is not ECC RAM. Celerons do not support ECC. Only Xeons do.
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  • expunged
    I didn't see where they mentioned WHO made the NICs.. are they Intel, Realtech, Maxwell, etc? Or some of each? Only that they could be bundled...

    Also, was it ECC memory?

    non ecc memory "SO-DIMM DDR3"

    does not say on nic

    more info here
    http://www.asustor.com/product?p_id=36&lan=en#tab3
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  • DongleKin
    16843464 said:
    I didn't see where they mentioned WHO made the NICs.. are they Intel, Realtech, Maxwell, etc? Or some of each? Only that they could be bundled...

    Also, was it ECC memory?

    I can't find anything stating what NICs they use. I would prefer Intel though.

    And it is not ECC RAM. Celerons do not support ECC. Only Xeons do.

    There are plenty of non-Xeons that support ECC in Intel's product line. Core i3s, Pentiums, Celeron, Atoms. However, the Celeron J1900 (which is probably in this NAS) does not.
    Reply
  • expunged
    Granted, i was refering to the memory type. If it was ECC it would be a SO-CDIMM.
    Reply
  • Aris_Mp
    In the AS5102T model the pair of NICs is controlled by a couple of Broadcom ICs (BCM5778). This model has 4x Ethernet ports so for the second couple it might use different controllers.
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