In the coming weeks TweakTown is taking NAS servers and NAS server reviews to a new level. We are moving into the 10GbE age on the high end and at the same time bringing in more consumer devices that feed your DLNA TVs, media players and phones. Our new motto is to hell with the cloud - make your own today. You'll hear more about this later - we have the N8200XXX to talk about today.
The Thecus N8200XXX uses an Intel Atom D525 processor and pairs it with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. We've shown today that the combination does a really good job at transferring files; that part was made very clear today. What isn't clear is how much extra the power efficient processor and small capacity RAM has to give when you start stacking operations on top of each other in the software. We'll come back to this topic.
Thecus' software is state of the art as far as NAS servers go. We've seen the back end of just about everything on the market and Version 5 is really good. The only other back end on the market that compares comes from QNAP and they are very close. Thecus' software quickly and easily turns your file server into a webserver, database server, mail server and a whole host of other things that can be installed and configured to work together.
That brings us back to the processing power of the N8200XX and its price. While investigating the current crop of enterprise rack mount servers from QNAP, we observed the N8200XXX is currently selling for right around 1,600 USD. This is in line with other 2U, 8-drive NAS servers on the market, even the higher spec N8800Pro that we reviewed last year.
The Thecus N8800PRO also sells for around 1,600 USD and ships with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. We have no doubt that the N8200XXX can run more background tasks than most small businesses need, but for the same money you can get the N8800Pro that can handle more when your business grows.