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Synology RS217 Two-Bay RackStation Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2018 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Synology

Workload

 

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

 

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I tested the RS217 with 10TB IronWolf HDDs and 120GB BP5e SSDs. The SSDs show what the NAS is capable of while the hard drives give you an idea of the performance you will get in a normal use case.

 

As you can see with single client testing, video playback peaks at 102 MB/s with SSDs while the IronWolf drives aren't far behind at 96 MB/s. Moving through the results, we see all drives perform the same with content creation and backup workloads while file copy doesn't see much benefit from SSDs at all.

 

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Since this is a two-bay unit and the first we have had on this new test system, it stands alone in the chart for now. Testing SSD vs. HDD on the RS217 we see a peak of 120 MB/s for both RAID 0 and 1 with the SSDs while RAID 0 HDDs hit 100 MB/s and RAID 1 only 37 MB/s.

 

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Looking at write performance, SSDs performed around 110 MB/s for RAID 0 and 100 MB/s RAID 1. HDDs, on the other hand, topped 118 MB/s RAID 0 and 50 MB/s RAID 1.

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