ASUSTOR AS3204T Four-Bay Consumer NAS Review (Page 6)

| May 31, 2016 at 11:15 am CDT
Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ASUSTOR

Final Thoughts

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For those just wanting to get their first NAS appliance, the 3204T from ASUSTOR is certainly a great place to start. Its power coming from its quad-core Intel platform is plenty to handle direct media content, storage operations, and even streaming over Plex. Transcoding is always the thing that kills these appliances, and until you get into the high-end platforms running real x86 hardware like an Intel Core i3, i5, or i7, you are stuck dealing with what you can get. With that said, it's not so much a vendor fault as it is Intel's for not supporting hardware transcoding in Linux, what nearly all vendors use for their OS.

The build quality of the 3204T is decent for an entry-level unit and while its split halves design does take away from the traditional feel of a NAS unit, it is rather easy to get inside to install drives. On the other side of things, I was disappointed that ASUSTOR cut corners and soldered the memory to the board as I doubt it would have cost much more to slap a SO-DIMM slot on the board.

Performance is solid, top to bottom. Apart from a few tests in single client, this NAS unit decimated our workload charts with some obnoxious performance including over 1000 IOPs in RAID 10. Sequential performance hovered around the 116 to 118 MB/s area, which is quite good, and even looking at NASPT or single client results, it was right with comparable solutions including the Thecus N5810 reviewed last month.

On the software aside of things, ADM is still looking quite good with solid app support, and the only issue I did have was the unit failing to swap between RAID modes on occasion, causing a reboot and try again scenario. Besides that, all good.

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TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money95%
Overall Rating88%

The Bottom Line: ASUSTOR's AS3204T carries solid performance, but what's more surprising is the angle ASUSTOR is taking with pricing. At an MSRP of $399, you may never find a better equipped NAS appliance.

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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