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Asustor Drivestor 4 (AS1104T) 4-bay NAS Review

Rating: 8.0.

The four-bay Asustor Drivestor 4 (AS1104T) sits under the company's Personal to Home banner. Powered by a quad-core CPU backed by DDR4 memory, the compact entry-level Drivestor 4 also features a 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet port. We find out if it is worth buying at the £260 asking price.

Powering the Drivestor 4 is a passively cooled Realtek RTD1296 1.4GHz multimedia SOC. The RTD1296 is built on a 19 x 19mm TFBGA 636, 0.65mm ball pitch package. It uses an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core 64-bit CPU together with an ARM Mali-T820 MP3 3-cored GPU and supports up to 4GB of DDR4 or DDR3. The Drivestor 4 comes with 1GB DDR4-2400MHz, if you feel you need a bit more memory then I'm afraid you are out of luck as the memory is soldered onto the motherboard. The 2.5GbE capability is also provided by Realtek in the form of the RTL8125B IC.

As for performance, Asustor rate the Sequential (SMB 512KB) read/write performance of the Drivestor 4 as 214MB/s and 266MB/s respectively. These figures were obtained from a Drivestor 4 loaded with four Seagate IronWolf 110 SSDs built into a RAID 5 array.

Asustor backs the Drivestor 4 with a 3-year warranty.

Physical Specifications

  • Processor: Realtek RTD1296 quad-core (1.4GHz).
  • Memory: 1GB DDR4-2400MHz.
  • Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 1 x 2.5GbE.
  • Rear panel connectors:  1 x USB 3.2 Gen1.
  • Front panel connectors: 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1.
  • RAID support: JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10.
  • Cooling: Active – 1 x 120mm.
  • Drive Bays Supported: 4.
  • Maximum hard drive size supported: 20TB.
  • Maximum Capacity: 80TB
  • Internal File System support: EXT4
  • Dimensions (D x W x H): 218 x 164 x 165mm.
  • Weight: 1.57kg (empty).

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