We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: AVADirect, GIGABYTE, Cooler Master, LSI, Noctua , Seagate.Crucial and Corsair.
In late 2010 Crucial supplied a number of RealSSD C300 256GB drives to be used in testing all of our NAS' and controller cards. The Crucial RealSSD 300 is the fastest solid state drive available on the market and cut our NAS formatting time down from three days (total) to just a few hours.
Unfortunately QNAP NAS servers do not play well with the Crucial drives and we were unable to use them in this test. We reverted back to the Seagate 1TB drives and feel that we still achieved the maximum transfer performance out of the TS-659 Pro+ since the bottleneck is still in the Ethernet connection.
For comparison, we will use the Thecus N8800 Pro, an 8 drive rackmount server that is the fastest NAS we've tested to date. That is until....
The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (NASPT) is a file system exerciser and analysis tool designed to enable direct measurement of home network attached storage (NAS) performance. Designed to emulate the behavior of an actual application, NASPT uses a set of real world workload traces gathered from typical digital home applications. Traces of high definition video playback and recording, office productivity applications, video rendering/content creation and more provide a broad range of different application behaviors.
With version 1.71 we are able to test with Windows 7 64-bit, but to keep the results accurate you must limit your system RAM to 2GB or less. With only a single 2GB stick of memory installed you can test with Windows 7 64-bit. Also, a new test was added, Office Productivity, but several tests were removed by default like 3 Source HD Video Playback and Backup / Restore.