Performance and Closing Thoughts
As with all our NAS testing, IOzone was used to check out the file system performance on the TS-I300. The full testing setup and methodology are described here.
- Firmware version tested was 1.10.0619.2006
- Drive used was a Western Digital Caviar WD200BB-75CAA0 200 GB 7200RPM EIDE hard drive with 2 MB of cache supplied by TRENDnet
- Keep in mind that the maximum raw data rate for 100Mbps Ethernet is 12500 Kbytes/sec and 125000 Kbytes/sec for gigabit
- All comparison products were tested on a different IOzone test system that produces results slightly slower than the system used to test the TS-I300
Figures 13 and 14 show write and read results respectively with a 100 Mbps LAN connection. Included in the plots are results from previous tests of similar single-drive BYOD NAS devices: the Tritton Simple NAS, ADS NAS Drive Kit and TRENDnet TS-U200.
Figure 13 shows that the I300's write performance is about the same as the older and less-expensive Tritton Simple NAS. And if you take into account the slower test system used for the Simple NAS, it actually would have slightly better performance than the I300. TRENDnet's earlier NAS offering, the TS-U200, which uses USB 2.0 drives comes in dead last with very unimpressive performance.
Figure 13: Write performance comparison (click image to enlarge)
The Read performance test results in Figure 14 show a ranking similar to the write results, but with the I300 outdistancing the Tritton Simple NAS by a wider margin. Taken together, these results show performance similar to inexpensive low-end BYOD NAS devices that have been around for more than a year. You can also use the NAS Charts to compare the I300 against many other tested NASes.
Figure 14: Read performance comparison (click image to enlarge)
In addition to the IOzone read/write tests, I tried a "real world" test of copying a 3 GB video file from my computer to both the TRENDnet TS-I300 and to the D-Link DNS-323. Though the D-Link unit has a gigabit Ethernet port, for the sake of this comparison, both devices were connected to a 100Mbps port.
It took 401 seconds (6:41) to copy the file to the D-Link NAS and 641 seconds (10:41) to copy to the TRENDnet NAS. That translates to almost 60% longer to copy the same file to the slower TRENDnet TS-I300.
Summing up, TRENDnet's TS-I300 is an entry-level BYOD NAS for people who need simple networked storage or archiving and don't need high performance. Its built-in FTP server provides a bit of flexibility for file sharing among a small group of users and the UPnP AV server seems like a nice feature. But the I300's low performance will limit its use to still image and music serving only.
The bottom line is that while the I300 has a decent low-end feature set, there is little value added to justify its significant price premium over older products such as the Tritton Simple NAS.