Benchmark Results: Multimedia
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In the multimedia benchmarks, QNAP's TS-459 Pro's performance shines. Sequential write tests show data rates of more than 100 MB/sec in RAID 5. Compared to the other products listed in the NAS devices chart, the Thecus N4200 doesn't do badly, either. It can write HD video streams at 63.8 MB/sec in RAID 5 mode, which is far more than previously-tested devices.
Playing HD video streams results in a similar picture. The difference between the N4200 and the TS-459 Pro isn't quite so large, though. When working with many small image files, the two Atom D510 NAS devices perform alike, even when compared to older devices.
not sure what the advantage of the 4200 is over that except for the battery and that is what a UPS is for.
I just built me a data/media server with exponentially more power for only $533 tax/title/license and no freaking rebates.
My build may consume more power than these but it is much more versitle than these NAS boxes and at least a few hundred bucks cheaper. Plus I it will be suited to use as an HTPC or workstation if ever needed.
FTR the build is: LiteOn dvd burner, MicroATX tower case (6 3.5 bays), 2 Samsung EcoGreen 2tb hd (will be raid 1), AMD athlon x2 250 (65w), Gigabyte ga-ma785gm (5 sata2, 6 usb, 1 esata, radeon 4250 integrated graphics, dvi-hdmi-dsub out), Antec EarthWatts Green 380w power supply, 4gb RAM.
I build my ''NAS'' with a low end PC and 2 SATA controllers. I have 8x 1.5 TB HDDs in 2 RAID-5 config.
Seriously a 4 bay NAS cost like 900$ w/o HDDs...
These are foolish and expensive.
Keep in mind to all the home-NAS and custom guys out there, these units are PROFESSIONAL, not SoHo class units. The qNap 410 and 419 are small business/home units, and even those still include native AD integration, and more, and not only operate as NAS systems, but backup systems, media servers, and more (dozens of features). These still are not even in the "personal" NAS class most home users can build on their own for about the same money.
These are professional class systems, with iSCSI, Native AD support, IP multipathing, load balancing, VMWare certification, and more. These are not cheap "file share" NAS systems like you might want for a media server in your house, or simple storage and backup. Simply features like online data migration to larger disks, archive by file age automatically, IP camera support, iTunes servers, TimeMachine support, and more make these very different from what you can do with a mini-NAS or FreeNAS setup on old PC hardware (not to mention the savings in electricity). qNap does sell "home" system that are less capable, but still FAR more than most people need. If all you want is a bid gisk and media server, get a WHS or a home-built solution. if you;re hooking servers or VMs up to it, using it in a high bandwidth or office environment, and care about the NAS ability to protect itself, back itself up, and migrate data to larger drives later, that's what the $300 price difference covers.