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Synology Diskstation DS210+ NAS Review

We are testing the Synology Diskstation DS210+ 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

Firstly we perform a native network test to ascertain pure data throughput. The drives are arranged in a Raid 0 configuration and we have Jumbo Frames set to 9k.

Raw data throughput was extremely impressive, scoring just slightly less than the DS710 we tested a few months ago.

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 three NAS systems are using dual drive Raid 0 configurations with mechanical drives.

In Raid 0 we managed to get 63mb/s from the DS210+ and around 57MB/s in Raid 1. Great results for a lower priced model.

Read performance is fantastic, scoring around 106MB/s. Synology rate the product as achieving 108Mb/s but we couldn’t quite reach those figures no matter the settings we used.

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. We expect to pay a slight penalty as we are using Jumbo frames set to 9k, however performance should still be good.

The Synology DS210+ is a great all round performer, delivering around 47 mb/s with our mixed write test and around 71mb/s with the mixed read test. Write performance is slightly lower than the QNAP 639 Pro and 459 Pro but the read performance is around 6-7mb/s higher.

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