Thecus N2310 File Transfer Performance Report


As I have mentioned in Why Promise SmartStor Zero is Slow, I have high expectation on AppliedMicro APM86491 which is the heart of Thecus N2310. It is much cheaper than any two-bay models from Synology, QNAP, and Asustor. 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 Marvell 88F6281 at 1.6GHz and 2.0GHz respectively, and QNAP TS-269L is Intel Atom D2701 at 2.13GHz, N2310 has a single core APM86491 running at the lowest 800MH.

APM86491 is based on Power465 with FPU and has 64KB L1 cache with 256KB L2 CacheAtom D2701 has dual core with four threads and 4 times the cache (1MB vs 256KB). Each instruction set is 32-bit as Marvell 88F6282 SoC and Marvell 88F6281.

RAM is 512MB as well as TS-119PII and TS-212P. Although just half of the size of TS-269L, it is double to TS-112.

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.

N2310 is configured with one Seagate Barracuda Desktop HDD only.

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
  7. QNAP TS-269L File Transfer Performance Report

Performance

File transfer performance on Thecus N2310 via Samba with mount command.
File transfer performance on Thecus N2310 via Samba with mount command.
File transfer performance on Thecus N2310 via NFS with mount command.
File transfer performance on Thecus N2310 via NFS with mount command.

Analyze

N2310 is fastest on reading with NFS and second on others. For overall performance, it is easy to see N2310 is the best value winner, about 25% the price for TS-269L.

But there are more important things to performance: stability! Crash 4 times in 16 tests. My OpenSuSE 13.1 freeze twice and N2310 needs to unplug to reboot. Press power for 3 seconds won’t restart as usual.

Even using the web admin, N2310 totally crash one. There is no copying or reading in the background.

More Thoughts

Like the design axiom, you cannot cover price, stability, and speed all together. N2310 is cheap and fast but unstable.

If this meets your requirement, just go for it. N2310 shall improve stability in the future but I choose to walk away to keep my data safe for now.

2014/5/19 Update

Thecus N2310 with Firmware 743 File Transfer Performance Report is the follow up post. If you haven’t upgrade to OS6.build_743, you are missing a more stable firmware. Although it would be a little bit slower, a more stable system save your time to do everything in one time.

Reference

  1. Why Promise SmartStor Zero is Slow
  2. Thecus N2310
  3. AppliedMicro APM86491
  4. Synology
  5. QNAP
  6. Asustor
  7. QNAP TS-269L
  8. Intel Atom Processor D2700
  9. Marvell
  10. QNAP TS-119PII
  11. QNAP TS-212P
  12. QNAP: TS-112
  13. Marvell: Marvell 88F6282 SoC
  14. Marvell: Marvell 88F6281 SoC with Sheeva Technology
  15. Wiki: Instruction set
  16. Connect NAS to your Computer Directly
  17. File Transmission with Different Sharing Solution on NAS
  18. Using Microsoft Networking via Samba with QNAP TS-112 and LevelOne GNS-1001
  19. Wiki: Samba (software)
  20. Wiki: Network File System
  21. Using Network File System (NFS) Service with QNAP TS-112
  22. Seagate Barracuda Desktop Datasheet
  23. Maximum MTU doesn’t mean Best Performance
  24. QNAP TS-112 with OCZ SSD Performance Report
  25. Performance Comparison on Backup Linux Files to QNAP TS-212P
  26. QNAP TS-119PII File Transfer Performance Report
  27. QNAP TS-119PII with OCZ SSD Performance Report
  28. QNAP TS-119PII with Seagate Laptop SSHD and Kingston V+100 SSD File Transfer Performance Report
  29. QNAP TS-269L File Transfer Performance Report
  30. Wiki: ARM architecture
  31. Intel Newsroom: Intel Launches System-on-Chip Storage Solution Designed for Simple Video Transcoding and Streaming
  32. Wiki: List of Intel Atom microprocessors: CE SoCs: Dual-Core CE SoCs
  33. Use BFNP Framework to Optimize your NAS File Transfer Performance
  34. OpenSuSE: Portal: 13.1
  35. CompassCreative: The design axiom
  36. Thecus N2310 with Firmware 743 File Transfer Performance Report
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