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Thecus W5810 5-bay NAS review


To test the Thecus W5180 we used five 6TB Red drives (WD60EFRX, 5,400rpm class, 64MB cache), built into all the arrays supported by Window’s Storages Spaces. Storage Spaces doesn’t support RAID in the traditional sense, instead, it offers:-

Simple – Equivalent to RAID 0.
2- way Mirror – Equivalent to RAID 1.
3 -way Mirror – Equivalent to RAID 1 but with a 2nd mirror drive.
Parity – Equivalent to RAID 5.

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 an MB/s speed 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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