I was really surprised with the performance of the NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X. To be honest, I expected to get a little more out of it with mixed workloads we ran through it. With that said, it could all be on the firmware release we tested on. Build quality, however, left me quite pleased. I was happy to see a full-on metal shell covered by even more steel and topped off with tool-less drive trays and aesthetics via the brushed front panel. The built-in LCD is on a constant rotation and doles out information about the NAS and its status.
The ReadyNAS platform as a whole is more storage driven than any other platform I have tested. NETGEAR doesn't deal in making their appliances act as a second PC. That makes navigation within the user interface rather smooth and familiar especially for those that have used any of their products in the past including routers. Even so, NETGEAR does offer a few options for applications, one being Plex Media Server along with its download station app just to name a few.
The performance of this appliances was superb in both Single Client testing and sequential throughput. First, a single client showed our highest rate yet with File Copy topping 900 MB/s to the NAS. We also broke a few records with Video Record and Playback reaching 775 MB/s and 650 MB/s, respectively.
Over in sequential throughput, the 626X didn't disappoint reaching the peak of 1148 MB/s in write performance and 762 MB/s in reading. Single and dual redundancy showed solid performance too dropping just 50 MB/s on reading throughput.
Overall, the ReadyNAS RN626X is top to bottom a data storage tank. With its MSRP at $1799 empty, it will take some convincing for some, but for anyone needing awesome and pure storage capability, NETGEAR stands behind this solution with a five-year warranty.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: While NETGEAR's ReadyNAS 626X doesn't come with all the apps available on some models, it's a pure data storage tank that offers very solid performance and 10GBe capability.
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