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Drobo 5D Five-Bay Direct Attached Storage Review - Benchmarks - Power Consumption and Acoustics

Drobo 5D Five-Bay Direct Attached Storage Review
The 5D from Drobo offers always-on data protection within a sleek Thunderbolt DAS. Let's dive in and take a close look at it.
| SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:07 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Drobo

Benchmarks - Power Consumption and Acoustics

 

Our power consumption testing involves running the power supply from the NAS through the output on our Kill-A-Watt meter. Results are recorded at several intervals including Idle, peak and after the drives enter standby.

 

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Above, we have our results from the power consumption testing. The first thing to note here is the use of WD Black drives and as we all know they use a bit more power. Peak power consumption during workload testing was 53 watts, after an idle period the Drobo dropped a few watts down to 47. Finally the drives entered standby and we had a power reading of 22 watts.

 

Acoustics are measured from a distance of one foot with our IEC Type II Sound Level Meter.

 

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Upon initializing the 5D, we measured a peak fan noise of 31.9dBA. After the drives spun down, we noted an idle noise level of 29.5dba.

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