Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The N7710-G's energy efficiency is more like that of a custom desktop. With a single SSD and a power supply of reasonably good efficiency, the two platforms we used to test the AMD A8-7600 and Intel Core i7-4770K both used slightly less power. Smaller Atom-based servers didn't surpass 20W on light load while the N7710-G used twice as much.

NETWORK PERFORMANCE

For our network performance tests, we pitted N7710-G against the MicroServer Gen8 and QNAP TS-469L in both synthetic and real world file transfer tests.

According to LAN Speed Test, the N7710-G offers similar gigabit performance to the QNAP TS-469L regardless of packet size. This makes sense as they have similar operating systems and the same Intel-based gigabit ethernet controller.

10 GbE performance (connected directly to a desktop with the same PCI-E NIC via the provided CAT5a cable) wasn't 10 times faster but the difference was staggering, three to five times quicker than gigabit. Interestingly, for smaller packet sizes, writing to the NAS was favored over reading. 10 GbE is really required on a NAS box to illustrate the performance benefit of RAID-5. Striped 5900 RPM hard drives are easily capable of exceeding 100 MB/s.

In a real world file transfer test, the N7710-G pulled well ahead of the TS-469L, suggesting it has a superior and/or better optimized RAID controller. The 10 GbE results weren't as impressive but still a huge jump over gigabit. There was a considerable bias toward write speeds which correlates with the small packet LAN Speed Test results (many of the files copied in this test are on the smaller side).

MP3 SOUND RECORDINGS

These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

These recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we can't hear it from one meter, chances are we can't record it either!

The recording starts with 5~10 second segments of room ambiance, then the fan/device at various levels. For the most realistic results, set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then don't change the volume setting again.



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