We sent the system over to Chris to run some tests with his custom multi-client NAS test software. Since the X10SLV has four SATA ports (2x SATA3 and 2x SATA2), and a PCIe slot for an add-on card, Chris chose to use all four SATA ports for HDDs, and use the PCIe slot for 10GbE, from an Intel X520-SR2 NIC.
Given the X10SLV's size and capabilities, the board fits well in a number of Supermicro 1U server cases; some with four or more HDD bays. End users building a high-performance NAS can choose from any number of free software options. This includes options such as FreeNAS, or Open Indiana.
The X10SLV is a versatile platform, and works well with Windows Server. In this test, we used Windows Server 2012 R2, and ran the operating system on the same array as the test.
Using the 10GbE on the X10SLV was the right choice. The additional bandwidth allowed the high performance processor to stretch its legs, and deliver performance four to five times faster than the dedicated NAS devices on the chart. At 1GbE on the Supermicro X10SLV, we achieved just over 800 Mbps, which is around 200 Mbps more than the LaCie 5big NAS Pro.
10GbE also reduces latency to the NAS. Here, we see the Supermicro X10SLV staying under 1ms latency, even with 120 clients reading and writing data to the unit.