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ASUSTOR AS5004T Four-Bay Consumer NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Sep 1, 2015 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: ASUSTOR

Final Thoughts

 

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The AS5004T, like the last ASUSTOR solution we tested, is a solid performer, and in many cases a top performer. Build quality is on par with what we have seen from ASUSTOR in the past and certainly meets up to and exceeds my expectations. As ASUSTOR has been around for a number of years now, they have certainly grown and that can be seen with the great support and the number of ADM apps increasing.

 

 

Performance of the NAS in our single client testing was quite spectacular to the point where we actually touched 121 MB/s in file copy operations. We were also able to achieve 118 MB/s in video record, two of the highest score I have seen personally with any appliance. With iSCSI enabled, we were able to test sequential performance of the ASUSTOR, and as you may have seen, this solution passed with flying colors reaching 106 MB/s in RAID 0 and 113 MB/s in RAID 10.

 

However, those numbers only added to the solid RAID 5 performance achieving 100 MB/s read. Workload testing showed the strong performance of this solution as a workstation, as it nearly topped every chart on its way to some impressive IOPS. Of course, its secondary was Email Server as we typically see with NAS appliances.

 

Overall, the ASUSTOR AS5004T offers a solid package for those wanting both performance and a home media hub. Its MSRP at $439.99 puts it just a few dollars cheaper than competing solutions, such as the QNAP TS-451.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance81%
Quality including Design and Build83%
General Features88%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money91%
Overall TweakTown Rating87%

The Bottom Line: ASUSTOR's AS5004T is a solid NAS solution with a good amount of features for the standard consumer. Adding to that is its strong price point, making it one of the best bang for your buck four bay appliances with media features on the market today.

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