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NAS Attack: Network Storage From Thecus And Western Digital

Power Consumption And Test Setup

Power Consumption

Both devices require very acceptable amounts of power. WD’s MyBook consumes only 15W when it runs idle; using the low-power WD20EADS Caviar Green drives at reduced spindle speeds certainly contributed a lot to the low power consumption numbers.

We installed two Seagate Momentus 5400.6 hard drives (ST9500325ASG) into the Thecus N0204. These provide 500GB each, they come with 8MB cache, and a 5.400 RPM spindle speed. Using this configuration, the Thecus NAS device required as little as 6W idle power, which is an amazing result, as it is less than your DSL router might require.

Test Setup

System Hardware
PlatformAsus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03GIntel X38, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe), 2.66 GHz
RAM2 x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
eSATA-ControllerJMicron JMB363
System DriveSeagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB7.200 U/Min, SATA/300, 8MB cache
Test Hard Drives2 x 2.5" Seagate Momentus 5400.6, ST9500325ASG500GB, 5.400 U/Min, SATA/300, 8 MB Cache
2 x 3.5" Western Digital WD20EADS2TB, 5,400 RPM, SATA/300, 32MB Cache
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics CardGigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512HGPU: 670 MHzMemory: 512MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Network InterfaceMarvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
AudioIntegrated
Power SupplyCoolerMaster RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 Watt
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Enterprise SP1
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard)
DirectX 9Version: April 2007
Graphics DriverATI Radeon Version 7.12
Network Drivers9.0.32.3 (Vista-Standard)
Intel Chipset DriversVersion 6.9.1.1001 (20/02/2008)
JMicron DriversVersion 1.17.15.0 (24/03/2007)

We tested both devices using the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

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