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Synology Diskstation DS411 Slim Review (2.5 inch NAS)

We are testing the Synology Diskstation DS411 slim within our gigabit network which is pretty much as good as you will get for a home or small office environment. It is a mixed network with several 1GBit switches for ultimate performance.

Reference Test PC:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 4ghz
Storage: Kingston 128GB SSD V+ Series
Motherboard: Asus Rampage II Gene
Graphics: Geforce GTX285 2GB
Memory: Corsair Dominator 1600mhz @2000mhz
Network: 2x Belkin 16 Port Gigabit Switches
Operating System: Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate

Our local PC has a fast Kingston SSD as the main drive and we are using it to ensure no bottlenecks occur on this side of the testing. Our PC is hooked up to the network and we transfer a 10GB MKV file from the PC to the NAS systems. All NAS systems are using dual drive mechanical Raid 0 configurations.

When writing, we recorded an average rate of around 52 MB/s. CPU usage spiked between 40 percent and 60 percent. Memory usage was steady just below 20 percent.

When reading from the NAS we managed to achieve 95 MB/s transfer rates, which is fantastic for such a small device. CPU use would peak around 70 percent as the packets were streamed. Memory usage held steady just under 20 percent.

Next we created a folder of files, 500mb/s in size with a variety of data , from small database documents to larger jpgs and bmps.

Performance fell in line with the RS411 unit at 44 MB/s write and 73 MB/s read. Great results.

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