Synology DS411 NAS Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅02-09-11
Transfer/Power/Thermal Performance

We have looked at some of the features that DSM 3.1 brings on the DS411j but how does this affect performance? What are typical transfer rates like over a Gigabit network? Is power consumption reasonable? Does the unit keep the HDDs cool? These are all questions that you might be asking and we are here to answer them.

Combined with the testing for D411 will be a Toshiba STORE Steel 250GB USB drive, DS410 and DS211 to present some interesting comparisons.

Test System Specifications
CPU Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard ASUS Rampage III Formula
Memory 12GB Kingston HyperX 1600MHz DDR3
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 580
PSU Antec Signature 650W PSU

- Belkin N1 Gigabit Router
- Synology DS411
- Synology DS411j
- Synology DS211
- Synology DS410
- Toshiba STORE Steel USB

First of all, for the purpose of real world testing I bundled together 6 files which were in 2 folders amounting to 3.2GB. I wanted to discover the incoming and outgoing transfer times between the DS411 and the computer - against other devices on a Gigabit network. Here are the results.

Whilst performing these tests load power consumption was monitored. The power consumption was also monitored whilst being in an idle state. There are actually two states, idle after usage and hibernation which the unit falls into after 10 minutes of non-usage. Hibernation figures were recorded.

Temperatures were also monitored using the in-house monitoring software. Note: load temperatures during transfer did not present any change in HDD temperature.

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