Test System Setup
Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Hero (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Hybrid (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Intel 730 480GB SSD (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Secondary Storage: MyDigitalSSD BP5 512GB SSD (buy from Amazon)
- Case: EVGA DG-86 (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 (buy from Amazon)
- Networking: ASUS PCE-AC88 AC3100 (buy from Amazon)
- Networking: ASUS ROG 10G Express
- I/O: ASUS Thunderbolt EX3 (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
Setup being with the screen above, you can reach this using the Finder app from Synology or by entering the device IP.
To begin setup, we first have to install DSM; this takes a few minutes.
Once setup is complete, you will be let off at the dashboard above. The menu to the right gives you a quick look at the activity of the NAS. CPU, memory, and LAN usage are charted, and uptime is recorded along with the volume status.
Similar to past Synology appliances, these icons in the system menu direct you to configure your appliances. File Station is quick access to your data while package center is where you will find most add-on application like download station or Plex. Storage manager houses volume, caching and iSCSI access.
Diving into the control panel, icons are laid out with file sharing the first category including services and users. Connectivity allows you to setup your network, wireless connectivity, and manage security.
Here we have a closer look at the storage menu. Volume and disk group allow you to configure your drives as you see fit while iSCSI gives you quick access to your storage. You can setup a Hot Spare limiting downtime if you have a drive failure. SSD cache, as you guessed, speeds up access to your most frequently used data.
Package Center includes some must have solutions from Synology.
The snapshot above was taken during testing, and it gives you an idea on how well DSM monitors its resources. As you can see, even a 500 MB/s load on this unit does push the CPU past 30% and memory 9%.
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