Raidon GR5630-WSB3 4-Bay Desktop Storage System ReviewNemo - November 3, 2011
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The Raidon GR5630-WSB3 is a desktop RAID 5 enclosure that comes in a solid, aluminum case with attractive design and compact footprint. It offers support for four 3.5" drives via its hot-swappable trays with a maximum of 6TB of storage. Installation and setup are a breeze and configuration is limited to formatting the drives via the operating system. Multiple interfaces are supported via its eSATA, USB 3.0, and FireWire 800 connections.
Performance-wise, one would expect high throughput from a DAS unit using the high-speed connections, especially when compared to the GbE connections found on the typical NAS unit. If you look at the synthetic benchmark tests, you wouldn't be disappointed, as the unit far outstripped the comparison NAS units. However, in the more realistic NAS Performance Toolkit tests, that advantage was limited to tests involving pure reads. Mix in tests involving writing to the unit and the results faded back to rather average levels and often lost out to the NAS units.
When it comes to storage, it's not enough to offer just a bunch of space because storage is a commodity that even the most basic of systems today can offer. What you need is a compelling reason to spend your hard-earned dollars and if you're a one-trick pony like the GR5630-WSB3, then speed and price are your major selling points and the unit comes up short in this regard. From a price standpoint, the GR5630-WSB3 can be had for around $300. The Thecus N4100PRO can be found for $350, with other 4-bay units from QNAP and Synology ranging from $300 - $400. A NAS unit offers a lot more features and flexibility, which leads me to conclude that the value just isn't there in the GR5630-WSB3.
- Multiple interfaces supported
- Ease of setup
- RAID 5 auto-rebuild
- Built-in power supply
- All necessary cables included
- Documentation limited to quick installation guide
- Only supports drives up to 2TB
- Performance vs. price point