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QNAP TVS-473-16G 4-Bay NAS Review

Testing Methodology
Our review sample TVS-473-16G came with four 2TB Seagate NAS (ST2000VN00-1HJ164) drives pre-installed so that’s what we used to test the device. The drive came pre-configured in a RAID 5 array but we also tested the unit in all the other RAID arrays it supports; 0,1, 6 and 10.

Software:
Atto Disk Benchmark.
CrystalMark 3.0.3.
IOMeter.
Intel NASPT.

To test real life file/folder performance we use a number of different file/folder combinations to test the read and write performance of the NAS device.  Using the FastCopy utility to get a MB/s and time taken for each transfer, the data is written from and read back to a 240GB SSD.
60GB Steam folder: 29,521 files.
50GB Files folder: 28,523  files.
12GB Movie folder: 24 files – mix of Blu-ray and 4K files.
10GB Photo folder: 621 files – mix of .png, .raw and .jpeg images.
10GB Audio folder: 1,483 files – mix of .mp3 and .flac files.


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