Test Setup And Benchmarks
Although the NS4300N supports jumbo frames, we chose not to implement this feature. All tests were carried out over a Gigabit network, and our reference platform was used to execute the benchmarks. Details regarding the hardware configuration can be found in the table below.
|Intel Platform (LGA 775)||Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G|
|Row 1 - Cell 0||Intel X38, BIOS : 0810 (02/11/2007)|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe core) @ 2.26 GHz|
|RAM||2x 1024 MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600|
|eSATA controller||JMicron JMB363|
|System Hard Drive||Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB|
|Row 6 - Cell 0||7,200 rpm, SATA/300, 8 MB Cache|
|Test Hard Drives||4x Samsung Spinpoint HD321KJ, 320GB|
|Row 8 - Cell 0||7,200 rpm, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache|
|DVD-ROM||Samsung SH-D163A , SATA 1.5 Gbps|
|Graphics Card||Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H|
|Row 11 - Cell 0||GPU: 670 MHz, Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 Watt|
The firmware used on the NAS has the following version number 01.04.0000.11.
|Operating system||Windows Vista Enterprise SP1|
|DirectX 10||DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard)|
|DirectX 9||Version : April 2007|
|Graphics driver||ATI Radeon Version 7.12|
|Intel chip set driver||Version 220.127.116.111 (20/02/2008)|
|JMicron chip set driver||Version 18.104.22.168 (24/03/2007)|
Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
We tested the Promise NS4300N using the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit. A more detailed description of the benchmark can be found in the article on NAS testing procedures.
I think it should be 6TB
I would really like a thorough investigation of the internals, including the processor (it's a SoC, but which one), controller chip, and underlying OS. I suspect that it is a BSD derivative due to the lack of published source code available on the promise website, though "Billy" from the promise NAS focus group seemd to indicate that it was Linux using a special promise RAID technology (and not LVM or MDRAID)
There are multiple posts on the avsforums regarding the unit. Of the 25 or so pages that I read, I found that the unit is not a stellar performer, and can be purchased for around $300.
Ultimately, it looks as if you're better off purchasing a full featured $200 Atom based platform, tossing in 4 disks, and utilizing linux LVM/MDRAID for a full fledged NAS.
MicroAtx MOBO with onboard video = $80
Dual Core CPU = $60
2 Gigs of DDR2 800 Ram = $24
Case with 6 HDD slots and 4 external slots = $40
Linux Operating System = $0
Total = $204 aka half the fucking price for more hard drive slots and much more customizable.
Seriously who buys this over-priced NAS shit.
For people who talking about the price, don't forget that its a Ready-To-Use solution, a lot of people want this type of gadget but doesn't have the technical knowledge require to setup a linux system able to share data over a network with an web interface for configuration....
So true... not to mention you'd still have enough left over to buy a real RAID card and absolutely blow these things out of the water.
4-port Hardware RAID cards going for under $300 on newegg.
What's wrong with getting a MOBO that does RAID for you?
For RAID10 to be worth the effort the minimum you should use is 3 pairs of hdd (didn't see RAID 10 as an option). 6 hdds with 50% redundancy. So if you were to use 2TB drives you would get a max of 6TB storage and 6TB of redundancy.
Want to run a heavy database driven application?
RAID 100 or plaid RAID would be the better one to go for. Many small businesses or startups do this. This product couldn't support that.
$420 can buy you a small form case with a number of designs that house many drive bays, mobo with onboard RAID, Graphics, multiple Gigabit ethernet adapters, good powersupply.
You can then go even further and utilise USB2.0 and throw external USB drives for another layer of data sharing.
All this and more and not stuck with a poorly put together product that limits the imagination because of its short comings.
All that and more from your local computer needs store.
As for the additional card, a good hardware RAID card will give you a noticeable speed increase over any motherboard controller, provide more features and better security (failure wise). So if you needed speed and had the cash it would be better for sure.