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ASUSTOR AS6208T Eight-Bay SMB NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Aug 23, 2016 5:21 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: ASUSTOR

Power Consumption


To test power consumption of the NAS appliance, I deploy a rather simple Kill-A-Watt device between the receptacle and NAS. I then monitor power usage of several minutes in each stage to get an idea where the NAS lands.




With all eight drives asleep, the AS6208T uses around 37 watts. This was tested with the Ethernet connection disconnected to achieve full sleep. Under test conditions, this appliance with eight 1TB Toshiba drives used 72 watts, and under drive spin up, we saw a peak of 149 watts.



Final Thoughts


I don't typically test too many appliances over four bays, but as of late, it appears these unit are becoming increasingly popular. Whatever the cause may be that is fueling this increase in popularity, the AS6208T carries a good amount of build quality, and while this particular unit doesn't use tool-less drive trays, I prefer to secure my drives with screws anyway. On the flip side, this unit with its eight bays is probably on the edge of what a quad-core Intel Celeron CPU can provide regarding performance. I actually expected this unit to come with the much more powerful Pentium N3710 based purely on the bay count.



In looking at performance after all the testing was done, the AS6208T actually did quite well and with no solid comparison at this time, I'm just going off what I typically see in testing. Single-client playback results peaked at 108 MB/s in RAID 0 while record hovered around 118 MB/s. In RAID 5, 6, and 10, we saw similar performance with RAID 5 peaking with two streams at 116 MB/s, while RAID 6 had substantial scaling from one stream at 79 MB/s to four streams at 93 MB/s. In Windows SMB or file transfer testing, all RAID modes were able to provide more than acceptable performance for moving files across PCs and workloads showed a severe bias towards the database workload.


Overall, the ASUSTOR AS6208T is a decent platform that offers a simple upgrade path to fit your needs while at the same time providing eight bays of capacity and support for the latest 8TB drives. While this isn't an appliance I would choose for the typical consumer wanting to get their first NAS, it is a solid upgrade for anyone that's been using a two or four-bay solution from ASUSTOR and want something more.

Product Summary Breakdown

Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features86%
Bundle and Packaging86%
Value for Money87%
Overall TweakTown Rating87%

The Bottom Line: With a price hovering around $900 at the time of writing, the ASUSTOR AS6208T is a decent appliance with all the connectivity options a small business would need.

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