QNAP TS-269L File Transfer Performance Report


QNAP TS-269L is my first Intel Atom D2701 NAS. It is much more expansive than my Marvell-based NAS. But how about the performance? Does it provide better results compared to them? Let’s take a look at it.

Processor and RAM Difference

While QNAP TS-112 is based on Marvell 88F6282 SoC at 1.2GHz, QNAP TS-119PII and QNAP TS-212P are based on Marvell 88F6281 at 1.6GHz and 2.0GHz respectively, QNAP TS-269L has an Intel Atom D2701 running slightly higher at 2.13GHz.

It also has dual core with four threads and 4 times the cache (1MB vs 256KB). Each instruction set is 64-bit compared to 32-bit on Marvell 88F6282 SoC and Marvell 88F6281. In other words, it should be able to run 64-bit operating system even the current QTS is still 32-bit.

RAM is expandable  to 3GB. There is an empty RAM slot. With more RAM available, you may see improvements on disk sensitive operation and may run more applications at the same time.

Test Method

I connect NAS to computer directly, use the same test sample in File Transmission with Different Sharing Solution on NAS, and use Linux command mount for better performance.

Two protocols are used in this test: Samba and NFS. You may learn more about how to setup the test with NFS and Samba to do your own test.

QNAP TS-269L is configured with two Seagate SV35 7200rpm 2TB as RAID 1.

According to my MTU test, I keep it to use default 1500.

I also add test result from following as reference:

  1. File Transmission with Different Sharing Solution on NAS
  2. QNAP TS-112 with OCZ SSD Performance Report
  3. Performance Comparison on Backup Linux Files to QNAP TS-212P
  4. QNAP TS-119PII File Transfer Performance Report
  5. QNAP TS-119PII with OCZ SSD Performance Report
  6. QNAP TS-119PII with Seagate Laptop SSHD and Kingston V+100 SSD File Transfer Performance Report

Performance

File transfer performance on QNAP TS-269L via Samba with mount command.
File transfer performance on QNAP TS-269L via Samba with mount command.
File transfer performance on QNAP TS-269L via NFS with mount command.
File transfer performance on QNAP TS-269L via NFS with mount command.

Analyze

QNAP TS-269L is faster on reading with Samba but writing with NFS. For overall performance, it is easy to see QNAP TS-269L is the clear winner, especially on writing.

Compared to single-drive NAS, it seems Intel Atom D2701 is capable of software RAID 1 while QNAP TS-212P becomes slower than TS-119PII on writing with either protocols.

More Thoughts

If you need a NAS with faster file transfer, the Intel Atom D2701 based models seem a better investment than Marvell ARMv5Intel Atom CE5300 series SoC is still unknown to me.

You may also use BFNP Framework to Optimize your NAS File Transfer Performance.

Reference

  1. QNAP TS-269L
  2. Intel Atom Processor D2700
  3. Marvell
  4. QNAP TS-119PII
  5. QNAP TS-212P
  6. QNAP: TS-112
  7. Marvell: Marvell 88F6282 SoC
  8. Marvell: Marvell 88F6281 SoC with Sheeva Technology
  9. Wiki: Instruction set
  10. Wiki: Operating system
  11. QNAP: QTS
  12. QNAP: Upgrade RAM Memory for QNAP NAS
  13. Connect NAS to your Computer Directly
  14. File Transmission with Different Sharing Solution on NAS
  15. Using Microsoft Networking via Samba with QNAP TS-112 and LevelOne GNS-1001
  16. Wiki: Samba (software)
  17. Wiki: Network File System
  18. Using Network File System (NFS) Service with QNAP TS-112
  19. Seagate Surveillance HDD
  20. Wiki: Standard RAID levels: RAID 1
  21. Maximum MTU doesn’t mean Best Performance
  22. QNAP TS-112 with OCZ SSD Performance Report
  23. Performance Comparison on Backup Linux Files to QNAP TS-212P
  24. QNAP TS-119PII File Transfer Performance Report
  25. QNAP TS-119PII with OCZ SSD Performance Report
  26. QNAP TS-119PII with Seagate Laptop SSHD and Kingston V+100 SSD File Transfer Performance Report
  27. Wiki: ARM architecture
  28. Intel Newsroom: Intel Launches System-on-Chip Storage Solution Designed for Simple Video Transcoding and Streaming
  29. Wiki: List of Intel Atom microprocessors: CE SoCs: Dual-Core CE SoCs
  30. Use BFNP Framework to Optimize your NAS File Transfer Performance

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