Benchmarks - Multi-Client Test
The Intel NAS Performance Tool (NASPT) is an excellent way to determine NAS performance in a single user environment. Any review that only uses NASPT assumes that only a single computer will access the target NAS at one time. We took issue with this method of testing, and spent over a year designing, building, programming, and finally validating the TweakTown Multi-Client Test.
The test uses Microsoft Office data recorded to traces and played back to the NAS from up to 120 Windows 7 installations (clients). We record total throughput of all clients, and average response time per client.
Over time, we'll populate the two multi-client charts with several NAS products from a span of categories. The products range from a dual Xeon server with 2x 10GbE to a 2-bay NAS with a single gigabit Ethernet connection. The products will fall into their performance categories based on performance, and not marketing material or opinion.
This test was designed for larger NAS products used in an office environment, but the ASUSTOR AS7004T manages to make quick work of the workload. We did get some errors in the test with more than 100 clients connected to the AS7004T, but this system wasn't designed for this type of extreme workload.
With a decent-sized workload on the system, this NAS actually overtook our previous fastest NAS on the chart. The performance trailed off at the end, but from sixteen to eighty clients, the AS7004T took the top honors.
The latency for the same number of clients was also very good. When the latency is low, the computers connected to the system feel faster. This level of latency would feel as though you were accessing a device that is native to the system, like working from the host HDD.
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