Single Client Throughput
HD Video Play - 720p HD stream from Windows Media Player, 256kB reads
2HD Video Play - 2x playback
4HD Video Play - 4x playback
HD Video Record - 720p HD stream, 256kB writes
File Copy from NAS - 4GB file copy, 64kB reads
File Copy to NAS - 64kB writes
With this appliance being the first eight-bay unit that I have tested in many years, I started with fresh charts with no comparisons. The 6208T with RAID 0 scaled quite well with playback to a peak of 108 MB/s while record operations topped out at 118 MB/s.
RAID 5 showed peak playback performance with two streams while record showed no performance loss coming from RAID 0.
RAID 6 went back to scaling quite well from 79 MB/s with a single stream to 93 MB/s with four streams.
The last of our single-client testing starts with RAID 10 and we yet again see good performance scaling with playback while playback and record did much better with a single stream than two.
Benchmarks – SMB Performance
SMB Performance is tested over several test sizes including 100, 800, 1000, and 8000M with each test ran three times. The average of these three runs is recorded in the charts.
As you can see above in read testing, the RAID 0 array was easily the quickest, reaching the peak of a single gigabit connection at 120 MB/s.
Write performance, on the other hand, showed steady performance across all RAID modes including RAID 5 and 6, where I expected to see more of a performance hit.
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