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Thecus N4100PRO NAS Server Review



The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit is a set of tools used to test and analyze file systems and enable direct comparison of the performance levels of different network attached storage devices. It utilizes a set of tests based on real world applications such as HD video playback and record, office productivity, photo album manipulation and file and directory copying. The toolkit uses a set of traces based on these applications and mimics the file system traffic generated and records the system response. In our evaluation, the toolkit was run in batch mode, which runs the series of tests five times in succession and the median throughput value is used to report the results. The hard drives were reconfigured and the N4100PRO was rebooted before each test was run.








HD Video Playback (higher is better)


The HD Video Playback series of tests involve streaming a 720p HD video file using Windows Media Player and 256kb reads. The tests play either 1, 2 or 4 files simultaneously using different percentages of sequential reads (99.5% for the single file, 18.1% for the 2x HD Video Playback and 9.6% for the 4x HD Video Playback).








2x HD Video Playback (higher is better)






4x HD Video Playback (higher is better)






This first series of tests concentrates on reading large files as one might find if you were streaming video. The N4100PRO performs fairly consistently across all configurations managing throughput of 22-28MB/s. Except for a couple on instances where it edged ahead of the TS-509 in RAID 1, the N4100PRO lagged behind the comparison units, sometimes by a substantial. It even managed to trail its smaller sibling, the N3200PRO, in all categories. Very curious.

HD Video Record (higher is better)

This test writes a single 720p HD video file to the NAS device employing 99.9% sequential 256kb writes.






Turning to a test that is all about writing to the NAS, there's not much to say that the numbers already haven't made obvious. With throughput rates of around 15-22MB/s, the N4100PR0 falls behind again, in many cases only achieving rates that are 50% of its competition.


HD Playback and Record (higher is better)

The HD Video Playback and Record test combines the two previous tests and reads and writes a HD 720p video file simultaneously.






With simultaneous reads and writes being performed in this test, the N4100PRO fares a little better and again shows fairly consistent performance across all volume types. It performed behind the competition in most categories, managing to either beat or stick close to a couple of the other units in RAID 1.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Configuration: Initial Setup
  4. Configuration: Web UI & System Information
  5. Configuration: System Management
  6. Configuration: System Network
  7. Configuration: Storage
  8. Configuration: User and Group Authentication
  9. Configuration: Application Server
  10. Configuration: Module Management
  11. Configuration: Backup
  12. Web User Interface
  13. Specifications & Features
  14. Testing: Setup
  15. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  16. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  17. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (continued)
  18. Testing: Operation
  19. Testing: Features
  20. Conclusion
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