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Performance - 128 MB file comparison

To get a better feel for the real, non-cached performance of the Giga, it's more helpful to look at tests for a 128 MByte file size. Figures 17 and 18 show write performance for the Giga, 10/100 LinkStation and all four TeraStation modes with 100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps LAN connections respectively.

Giga LinkStation 128M file Write performance - 100Mbps LAN
Figure 17: 128M file Write performance comparison w/100 Mbps LAN
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The comparison with 100 Mbps LAN connection shows comparable write performance except for the TeraStation in RAID 5 mode. (I think the lower results in RAID 1 at 1024 and 2048 record sizes are anomalies.) Figure 18 shows that the Giga's write performance tracks with the pack for a normal gigabit Ethernet connection, but outpaces everthing else when 4K jumbo frames are used.

Giga LinkStation 128M file Write performance - 1000Mbps LAN
Figure 18: 128M file Write performance comparison w/1000 Mbps LAN
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Figures 19 and 20 show read performance for 100 and 1000Mbps LAN connections respectively.

Giga LinkStation 128M file Read performance - 100Mbps LAN
Figure 19: 128M file Read performance comparison w/100 Mbps LAN
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With a 100 Mbps LAN connection, all products turn in comparable read performance. But with a gigabit connection, the Giga doesn't distance itself from the pack until jumbo frames are used. And even then, the improvement isn't as significant as it is when writing.

Giga LinkStation 128M file Read performance - 1000Mbps LAN
Figure 20: 128M file Read performance comparison w/1000 Mbps LAN
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The upshot of all this is:

  • In my test setup, the Giga had better read and write cached performance than the 10/100 Linkstation and even the TeraStation when used on a gigabit LAN

  • The Giga has enough oomph to take advantage of its gigabit Ethernet with jumbo frames enabled and provide superior cached and uncached performance

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