The AS7004T came loaded with firmware version ADM 2.3.0.RB41. Earlier this year, I did an in-depth review of ASUSTOR's ADM 2.1 operating system. The basic look and feel of ADM 2.3 is very similar, as are the features. From the ASUSTOR website, here are the new features introduced in the ADM 2.2 upgrade:
New core features
- Night Mode scheduling
- Hard disk hibernation indicators
- Multilingual username support
- More advanced UPS functionality
- Support for external optical drives (CD, DVD, Blu-ray)
- Photo Gallery
- Google Drive
- Mail Server
ADM 2.3, only recently released, features a refreshed UI, support for Windows Active Directory and ACL permissions and support for SMB 2.0 to improve windows networking performance. ADM 2.3 also supports the latest version of XBMC (Version 13.1). XBMC can be installed from App Central and on the AS7004T supports high-resolution 4k and 10-bit movies. If you'd like to experience the new UI for yourself, ASUSTOR has updated the live demo to ADM 2.3.
To give you a feel for the ADM 2.3 UI, here's a screenshot of the desktop.
ASUSTOR AS7004T ADM 2.3 desktop
Performance tests were run using our Revision 5 NAS test process on four-drive unencrypted RAID 0, 5 and 10 volumes with a 1 Gbps LAN connection. The firmware installed was ADM 2.3.0.RB41.
The Benchmark Summary below shows Windows File Copy read and write performance was remarkably consistent for both file copy read and file copy write performance for all RAID levels tested. (RAID 0, 5 and 10). Write performance was virtually identical across all RAID types at about 110 MB/s with read times showing just a little more variance ranging from 104.2 to 110.1 MBps.
Similarly, NASPT file copy to NAS and file copy from NAS were similarly consistent across all RAID types with file copy to NAS (write) holding a slight edge over file copy from NAS for each RAID level. File copy to NAS showed the highest performance turning in identical 114.6 MB/s for RAID 5 and RAID 10.
ASUSTOR AS7004T Benchmark Summary
Attached storage also showed consistent and high throughput results. Backup using USB 2.0 ranged from 46.5 MB/s (EXT3 format) to 48.0 MB/s (NTFS). Backup using USB 3.0 showed identical results at 124 MB/s for EXT3 and NTFS with FAT lagging slightly at 120.7 MB/s. Likewise, backup results for eSATA were the same (120.7 MB/s) for EXT and NTFS formats with FAT trailing only slightly at 111.6 MB/s.
At 67.6 MB/s, network backup is the fastest that we've seen. Similarly, iSCSI write performance was also the fastest we've tested at 107.0 MB/s. iSCSI read of 101.3 MB/s tied with Thecus' N7710-G and for all intents and purposes with QNAP's TS-251 at 101.1 MB/s.