Storage/Memory: Qnap TS-228A

Qnap TS-228A

Network-attached storage has become a sought-after addition to today's connected home, and we've often stated that once you become accustomed to the versatility of a NAS, you may wonder how you ever lived without. But there have been some stumbling blocks along the way. Earlier models weren't particularly user friendly, the hardware tended not to be a stylish addition to the home, and pricing remained prohibitive. How times have changed. For 2018, Taiwanese manufacturer Qnap has updated its award-winning range with the addition of the entry-level TS-228A. Currently available for just under £150, this dual-bay box helps demonstrate how NAS has expanded its reach from the knowledgeable enthusiast to just about anyone who owns a computer gadget or two.  "


Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 12:53:45 UTC in QNAP by Wesslan

Samsung 970 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe SSD review

Samsung releases the new 970 EVO and PRO models M.2. SSDs, these offer even faster than the 960 series and come with increased TBW values as well. The new M.2 EVO units will be the most popular ones for the desktop end-users, and can be purchased in volume sizes up-to 2TB. NVMe Storage technology is advancing with extremely fast paces and steps. Oh my, NVMe Storage technology has been with extremely fast paces and steps as we now already reach the 970 series from Samsung. Armed with 64-layer (3-bit per cell) NAND flash memory, DRAM caching the new 970 series are based on the Samsung Phoenix controller, which have been introduced in there OEM PM981 already. Phoenix really is the Samsung Polaris Gen 2 controller now delivering up-to 3,500 MB/s sequential read speeds on even the smaller 500 GB and 1 TB versions, with up-to 2,500 MB/s sequential writes for the EVO series. For a little more shock and awe, Random 4KB numbers run up to 500,000 IOPS read and 480,000 IOPS write, which is pretty crazy.  "


Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 14:49:51 UTC in Samsung by Wesslan

Storage/Memory: Toshiba OCZ RC100 240GB SSD

Toshiba OCZ RC100 240GB SSD Review

Toshiba’s latest addition to its range of consumer NVMe drives is the RC100, aimed at the value end of the NVMe market. It sits between the TR200 SATA SSD and the enthusiast NVMe RD400 in Toshiba’s consumer SSD drive line up. The first thing that grabs you about the new drive is just how small it is – built on the M.2 2242 format, it’s just 42mm long. To get such a small package Toshiba has used a BGA (Ball Grid Array) design with the controller and the 64-layer TLC BiCS NAND stacked into a single package. The controller is an in-house Toshiba design but details about it are pretty non-existent. While it’s their first BGA PCIe SSD for the consumer space, the company has been offering BGA SSD’s in the OEM segment for around three years.  "


Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 14:26:17 UTC in Toshiba by Wesslan

Synology DiskStation DS918+ 4-bay NAS Review

Synology’s latest 4-bay addition to the Plus series of NAS devices aimed at high performance and data-intensive workloads is the DS918+, a refresh of the DS916+ which launched in 2016 and which we reviewed HERE. Powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 processor clocked at 1.5GHz (burst up to 2.3GHz) the DiskStation DS918+ is offered in two memory options, the entry level 4GB version (the model Synology submitted for review) or the flagship 8GB model. 8GB is the maximum supported memory quoted on the spec sheet. The 4GB entry-level model has one of the two SO-DIMM slots left empty, so at least you upgrade the memory should you need to.  "


Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 20:07:59 UTC in Synology by Wesslan

Storage/Memory: Asustor AS6404T 4-bay NAS

Asustor AS6404T 4-bay NAS Review

Sitting under Asustor’s Power User to Business banner, the AS6404T 4-bay NAS is powered by an Intel Apollo Lake Celeron processor backed by 8GB of dual-channel memory and supports both USB 3.0 Type -C and HDMI 2.0 ports. Powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 1.5GHz (burst up 2.3GHz) processor, the Asustor AS6404T comes with 8GB of DDR3L 1866MHz dual -channel memory (2 x 4GB modules in the two SO-DIMM slots). Asustor quote performance figures of 219MB/s and 221MB/s for reads and writes respectively for the AS6404T in a RAID 5 array, but that is with both LAN ports in Link Aggregation mode. With a single Gigabit connection the performance is quoted at 104MB/s for reads and 110MB/s for writes.  "


Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 09:50:52 UTC in ASUSTOR by Wesslan

Synology DiskStation DS118 1-bay NAS Review

"  Synology’s latest single bay NAS is the DiskStation DS118. Part of the company’s Value Series, the DS118 is equipped with a quad core 64-bit processor and DDR4 memory and is marketed as a high performance single bay NAS for small offices and home users. It also has the ability to perform 10-bit 4K H.265 video transcoding on the fly. The Synology DiskStation DS118 is a step up in terms of CPU and memory from the previous DS116 model, using a 64-bit quad core Realtek RTD1296 processor clocked at 1.4GHz (the DS116 uses a 32-bit 1.8GHz Marvell Armada 385 88F6820) and 1GB of DDR4 memory as opposed to the 1GB of DDR3 in the DS116.  "


Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 18:02:06 UTC in Synology by Wesslan

Storage/Memory: Thecus N4350 4-Bay NAS

Thecus N4350 4-Bay NAS

Marketed as an affordable solution aimed at SOHO and SMB users, the compact 4-bay N4350 NAS from Thecus is an upgraded version of the previous generation N4310 with a faster processor and updated DDR4 memory. At the heart of the N4530 is a Marvell Armada 388 CPU backed by 1GB of DDR4 memory which is a step up from the 1GHz CPU (AMCC APM86491RDK) and DDR3 (1GB) memory that the N4310 uses. The Armada 388 is a 17mm² dual cored Cortex A9 based design clocked at 1.8GHz while the memory is soldered on the motherboard – so no chance of upgrading it.  "


Posted on Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 09:28:49 UTC in Thecus by Wesslan

Storage/Memory: Synology DiskStation DS418j

Synology DiskStation DS418j Review

Synology’s J series of DiskStation NAS are aimed at the value end of the market. The latest 4-bay addition to the range is the DS418j, which takes over from the DS416j and is marketed as an entry-level 4-bay NAS for home data backup and multimedia streaming. The Synology DiskStation DS418j is a replacement for the DS416j featuring a faster processor, a dual core Realtek RTD1293 processor clocked at 1.4GHz (the 416j used a dual core 1.3GHz Marvell processor) with more up to date memory than its predecessor and more of it. The CPU has a built-in hardware encryption engine.  "


Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 17:31:02 UTC in Synology by Wesslan

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB HDD Review

The Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB is a 7200RPM SATAIII (6 Gbps) hard drive with a 256MB multi-segmented DRAM cache. It features eight PMR platters with a 923 Gb/in2 areal density in a sealed enclosure filled with helium. According to Seagate, it typically draws around 7.8W, making it one of the most power efficient high-capacity 3.5" hard drives in the market. It targets creative professionals with high-performance desktops, home servers and/or direct-attached storage units. It is meant for 24x7 usage (unlike traditional desktop-class hard drives) and carries a workload rating of 300TB/year, backed by a 5-year warranty. It also comes with a bundled data-recovery service (available for 2 years from date of purchase). The various aspects of the drive are summarized in the table below.  "


Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 19:15:12 UTC in Seagate by Wesslan

Synology DiskStation DS1517+ (8GB) 5-bay NAS Review

Synology’s Plus series of NAS incorporates 2-bay to 12-bay desktop tower designs as well as 4-bay and 12-bay rack mounted units. At the heart of the DS1517+ is an Intel Atom C2538 CPU running at 2.4GHz. The C2538 is a 22nm quad core processor with 2MB of cache and a TDP of 15W.  Memory wise the DS1517+ comes pre-installed with either 2GB or 8GB of DDR3 and it was the latter version that Synology supplied for this review. Should you require more memory, the DS1517+ supports up to 16GB of memory via two SO-DIMM slots. There also four Gigabit Ethernet Ports that support Link Aggregation for faster network connections and failure protection. Synology has also built in a degree of future proofing into the DS1517+ in the shape of a PCIe slot. This Gen 2 x8 slot (x4 link speed) PCIe slot currently supports Synology’s M2D17 dual M.2 SATA adapter card or a 10GbE NIC.  "


Posted on Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 16:49:37 UTC in Synology by Wesslan

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