Test System And Benchmarks
Of course, we couldn’t help but to benchmark Thecus' appliance with Open-E. The N8800PRO is currently our only eight-bay NAS server, precluding comparisons to competing models. However, in the interest of including some degree of baseline performance, we do have data for a couple of five-bay servers, Qnap's TS-559 Pro+ and Synology's DS1511.
You'll want to take these results in context. Depending on your own target environment and performance-oriented settings (stuff like the block size, RAID algorithm, physical disks operating concurrently, or addition of the 10 Gb Ethernet option), the throughput you see could be higher, or even lower. There's also the fact that we're comparing different drives. The N8800PRO submitted to us included Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 disks, while the drives installed in the Qnap TS-559 Pro+ and Synology DS1511 were Samsung HD103SJs.
|Motherboard||Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev. 1.03G, Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (11/02/2007)|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe core) @2.26 GHz|
|RAM||2 x 1024 MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600|
|eSATA Controller||JMicron JMB363|
|System Disk||Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 8 MB Cache|
|Data Disks||8 x 3.5" Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000, 2000 GB, 5400 RPM, SATA 6Gb/s, 32 MB Cache|
|DVD ROM Drive||Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150|
|Graphics Card||Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H, GPU: 670 MHz, RAM: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256-bit)|
|Network Card||Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 W|
|System Software & Drivers|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Enterprise SP1|
|Graphics Driver||ATI Radeon Version 7.12|
|Network Driver||188.8.131.52 (Vista-Standard)|
|Intel Chipset Driver||Version 184.108.40.2061 (20/02/2008)|
|JMicron Chipset Driver||Version 220.127.116.11 (24/03/2007)|
Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
Sound Level and Power Dissipation
It is fairly obvious that a rack-mounted server like the N8800PRO was never intended to live its life next to your workstation. Its power consumption, which hovers around 114 W, isn't too bad. However, its acoustic output is less tolerable. Eight total fans generate a sound level of 53.4 db(A). This is certainly no personal video server.