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The EN104L+ was tested with our standard NAS test process with 1.090707k3 firmware and four Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 Deskstar 7K1000.B 1 TB SATA drives shipped with the NAS. Tests were run with 1000 Mbps and 1000 Mbps w/ 4K jumbo frame LAN connections with four-drive RAID 0, 5 and 10 arrays, formatted with XFS and default 64 KB block size.

As I promised, I'm keeping track of volume build times. For a 4 TB RAID 5 volume and with Rebuild Speed set to High (Medium and Low are the other options), it took 4 hours, 20 minutes to create and fully sync with no other NAS activity.

Figure 10 presents a summary of the write benchmark tests. There is some moderate cache boost for files up to around 256 MB. Write performance with a 1000 Mbps LAN connection averaged over the 32 MB to 4 GB file sizes and with cached results above 125 MB/s removed from the average measured 75.3, 77.3 and 79.9 MB/s for RAID 0, 5 and 10 writes, respectively. Both the RAID 5 and RAID 10 results represent new NAS Chart highs.

Performance benchmark summary - write

Figure 10: Performance benchmark summary - write

Figure 11 shows the average read performance for the same test configurations which came in lower at 64.9, 62.1 and 64.8 MB/s for RAID 0, 5 and 10, respectively. None of these represent new chart highs.

Performance benchmark summary - read

Figure 11: Performance benchmark summary - read

Performance - File Copy

Vista SP1 filecopy results (Figure 12) for RAID 5 write show the EN104L+ in fifth place, with 68.1 MB/s average write speed.

Vista SP1 File Copy - RAID 5 write

Figure 12: Vista SP1 File Copy - RAID 5 write

Although RAID 5 read filecopy is a bit slower at 61.3 MB/s, more of the competition is faster. So the EN104L+ came in at 12th place in the ranking.

Vista SP1 File Copy - RAID 5 read

Figure 13: Vista SP1 File Copy - RAID 5 read

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