As we’ve done in the past with the EX47* models, we ran the Intel NAS Peformance Toolkit on several MSS configurations. We used the stock EX485, an EX485 with a Pentium E5200 installed, and an EX495 with the stock Pentium E5200.
|HD Video Playback||19.7||23.0||33.0||Play back single HD video stream|
|2 x HD Playback||21.1||25.3||33.2||Play back dual HD video streams|
|4 x HD Playback||22.2||26.3||36.5||Play back 4 HD video streams|
|HD Video Record||91.4||98.9||124.8||Record single HD video stream|
|HD Playback and Record||26.3||29.3||33.7||Play back and record single video streams|
|Content Creation||4.8||6.0||5.7||Use the MSS as storage target when creating Web pages, flash content, etc.|
|Office Productivity||17.2||20.3||23.8||Use the MSS as storage target when creating, modifying, and deleting files in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.|
|File Copy to NAS||106.5||137.8||122.5||Copy a single large file from client to MSS.|
|File Copy from NAS||29.9||41.4||33.8||Copy a single large file from NAS to client.|
|Dir Copy to NAS||13.1||15.0||14.2||Copy an entire directory from client to NAS.|
|Dir Copy from NAS||5.9||7.2||6.9||Copy an entire directory from NAS to client.|
|Photo Album||9.9||21.4||11.2||Open, view, and save photos on MSS from client.|
The numbers in the middle columns purport to measure megabytes of network throughput per second, but when multiple streams are involved, HD video recording is underway, or when a file copy to NAS operation occurs, Intel is obviously double-counting or synthesizing those values, because the theoretical limit of gigabit Ethernet is 125 MB/s. Also, it’s weird that playback scores improve as the number of streams increase. Therefore, please don’t take these numbers as true and accurate measurements of network speed or throughput. Use them instead as Intel intended: to compare results across multiple platforms.
The numbers show that, as processor and drive speeds increase (the latter is the major difference between the EX485 and EX495 when they use the same CPU), so does performance. Given a modest $60 for the Pentium E5200, it seems an entirely worthwhile upgrade for the EX48* machines. Given costs of $138 (Q8200S) and $247 (L3110), I’m not sure the price-performance benefit justifies the increase in price over a stock EX495. And for what it’s worth, it was also our observation that the EX495 was noticeably faster than either EX485 model, even when both were equipped with the same Pentium E5200 CPU. Thus, the numbers as reported in the above table also align with our perceptual experience.
The HP iphone software is kinda nice too. A little slow but it works and is handy at work if there is some down time. The server also did a good job of converting all my movies to iphone streaming format.
Worth the extra to get a (practically) turn key solution.
Now I just need more upstream bandwidth.
I would like to try one of these things out some day. (Premade VS something I cobbled together)
The EX495 is listed at $629.99 on Amazon and Newegg right now making the DIY build cheaper. Where did you come up with $475?
HP's systems are priced so well that it makes build-it-yourself and fix-it-yourself jobs just not worth it. Add the fact that you get full support and warranty from HP for software/hardware, a ton of useful WHS utilities, fast turnkey operation and the occasional e-coupon for $50 off - you would be a fool not to seriously consider one of them.
I roam around town daily with a netbook and I can tell you, WHS has changed forever the way I work and play. Streaming media from any location and logging in to work remotely on my beefier work PC are just two of the things that make WHS a joy to use. With a HTPC installed I could also stream TV shows to my netbook as well. I've been blown away every time when using WHS on the road - it has turned my simple netbook into a feature-packed device with near-unlimited capability.
I do like the additional items included, but I have to agree - building usually provides me with better parts and a better unit. I think the functionality provided by HP can be replaced by alternatives.
"It is highly recommended that you not use hardware RAID technologies for your home server." Are you really serious m$?
Oh well, just another castrated m$ "o$" release...
As for HP's "legendary" support, I wouldn't be too enthusiastic.
In your calculations, don't add the 95 bucks for m$'s junk to the cost of a BIY. Firstly, HP pays far less, and, secondly, there are a lot of much better free offerings.
ps: Don't call this toys "servers"... some wintarded micro$uxx lu$ers might even believe it.