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Introduction

ASUSTOR AS-202TE/AS-204TE product shot

At a Glance
Product ASUSTOR AS-302T and AS-304T
Summary Intel Atom CE5335 dual-core two and four-bay NASes with HDMI, USB 3.0 and wide range of downloadable apps
Pros • Good value
• Wide range of downloadable apps
• Very quiet
• Attractive user interface
Cons • Long volume build times
Our recent review of ASUSTOR's Intel Atom CE5310-powered duo found a nice feature set, but relatively low performance among dual-core Atom powered NASes. This review of the company's Intel Atom CE5335-based "Home To Power User" AS-302T and AS-304T shows what a difference a slightly more powerful processor can make.

Model numbering for the 30X series doesn't follow the convention set in the 20X series. The 20X series includes "TE" versions that have an IR receiver, HDMI output, 3.5 mm Audio jack and 512 MB of additional RAM that are omitted from the "T" models. The 30X series has only two "T" suffix models, both of which include all the 20X series "TE" options. The comparison chart below, generated from the ASUSTOR web site summarizes the key features of the 20XT and 30XT models.

ASUSTOR AS-20XT /AS-30XT product comparison

ASUSTOR AS-20XT /AS-30XT product comparison

All the 30XT series physical features are the same as the 20XTE's. So check that review for the details.

Inside

The AS-30XTs are powered by a slightly more powerful Intel Atom CE5335 dual core processor running at 1.6 GHz than the 1.2 GHz CE5310 found on the 20XT and TEs. On the AS-304T, there's an Asmedia ASM1061 PCI Express to dual port SATA on the backplane to provide the third and fourth SATA ports for the four bay version.

  ASUSTOR AS-304T ASUSTOR AS-204TE
CPU Inel Atom CE5335 @ 1.6 GHz (dual core) Inel Atom CE5310 @ 1.2 GHz (dual core)
RAM 1 GB DDR3 on board 1 GB DDR3 on board
Flash 16 MB Spansion FL128SAIF00 16 MB Spansion FL128SAIF00
Ethernet Realtek RTL8211E Realtek RTL8211E
USB 3.0 Etron Tech EJ188H Etron Tech EJ188H
SATA Asmedia ASM1061 PCI Express to two ports of Serial ATA (on back plane - AS-304T only) Asmedia ASM1061 PCI Express to two ports of Serial ATA (on back plane - AS-204TE only)
Table 1: Key component summary and comparison

I'm including the photo I took of the AS-204TE's board to save you a click to the other review. As the AS-30XT board marking shows, both the 2 and 3 series use the same board.

ASUSTOR PCB component side

ASUSTOR PCB component side

For an inside shot of the chassis, check the AS-604T review.

Features

Same as described in the AS-20X series review.

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