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QNAP TS-459U-RP Turbo NAS Review



SiSoft Sandra is a diagnostic utility and synthetic benchmarking program. Sandra allows you to view your hardware at a higher level to be more helpful.


File System

Higher is better


In each of these RAID configurations, all four drives are being used. While JBOD is not strictly true RAID, it does serve a purpose to give you an idea of the performance of the NAS when all four drives are configured as a single disk volume without striping. I was quite amazed to see an Atom-powered NAS achieve a rate of nearly 61 MB/s, as I wasn't expecting such high performance from a low-powered unit. RAID-0 naturally held the crown in this test, achieving a rate of 67 MB/s. I was actually more surprised to see that running the NAS in RAID-5 and RAID-6 modes did not hurt performance that much, just 18-19% lower than the performance of RAID-0, and ~5-7 MB/s lower than JBOD. I really think that with the current capacities of hard drives at 1.5 TB+, most users would choose the safety of RAID 5 or 6 to have added peace of mind, rather than opting for the highest performance in RAID-0, or highest capacity in JBOD.


Lower is better

The access time results had me scratching my head for a while, and I reran the tests several times to make sure there were no anomalies. The first peculiarity was that RAID-0 had a 20% higher latency, at 19.6 ms, than JBOD, which is still fairly respectable. But then RAID-5 achieved the best access time at just 15 ms, with RAID-6 trailing just behind. I think this is the most significant aspect of this test, that the TS-459U-RP has better access time performance in either RAID 5 or 6 modes, than when running in RAID-0 configuration.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: PSU
  3. Closer Look: Internals
  4. Installation
  5. Configuration: Initial Setup
  6. Configuration: Web UI & System Administration
  7. Configuration: Disk Management
  8. Configuration: Access Right Management
  9. Configuration: Network Services
  10. Configuration: Applications
  11. Configuration: Backup
  12. Configuration: External Device
  13. Configuration: System Status
  14. Additional Utilities
  15. Specifications & Features
  16. Testing: Setup
  17. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  18. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  19. Testing: Operation
  20. Testing: Features
  21. Conclusion
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