Thecus has slowly been building up some quite exciting features within their NAS lineup, and adding to that now is OS 7. While this new OS is far from refined, as it stands now, it is much more stable now than it was a few months ago when I was testing in beta conditions.
With that said, Thecus has been hard at work to eliminate bugs in this new platform. To test this, there certainly isn't a better platform than the N5810. This NAS, as I stated with its sibling, is one of the top five-bay appliances on the market today. The build quality is top notch including the internal components, every IC in this appliance comes from Intel including the SoC, NICs, and SATA controller.
The performance of this appliance is in the top two or three in every test, and while I certainly can't fit every NAS I have tested in my charts, I can assure you can't go wrong with the N5810. In single client testing, we saw several scenarios where this solution was able to reach over 120 MB/s, a sure sign that the bottleneck is coming from the single Gbe NIC.
When moving over to workloads, the IOPS starting coming with 400 in RAID 0 Web Server followed up by 390 IOPS in RAID 5 Database. The Thecus unit finished testing off with some solid numbers in sequential testing with 118 MB/s read across all RAID modes and 117 MB/s in write.
Overall, with the launch of OS 7 and many of the new features including BTRFS support, the N5810 NAS is more attractive now than ever before. Adding to this is SSD caching technology that has been greatly improved, along with the integrated file server and an entire platform that has been designed for 64-bit architecture.
At the time of writing, the MSRP for the Thecus N5810 is listed at $499.99 with a two-year warranty, making this solution $200 cheaper than the Pro version, but you do lose the UPS and three Gbe ports.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||93%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: While the interface still needs some polishing, the Thecus N5810 SMB consumer device is one of the most cost effective consumer NAS platforms on the market currently and is worthy of consideration.
PRICING: You can find the Thecus N5810 Consumer NAS for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Thecus N5810 Consumer NAS retails for $579 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Thecus N5810 Consumer NAS retails for £499 at Amazon UK.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
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