Asustor AS-602T with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report


Asustor focus on Intel processors only. They all made with metal case and looks solid. Let’s see how fast AS-602T could be with OSX.

Asustor AS-602T with ADM 2.4.0

AS-602T uses an Intel Atom D2700 which is a 2.13GHz dual-core processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. It has 1MB L2 cache, Intel 64 Architecture, and supports up to 4GB DDR3.

The test machine comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and is upgradable to 3GB.

I install two Seagate Barracuda Desktop HDD as RAID 1 in it.

ADM 2.4.0 RFU6 for AS-602T is a 64-bit Linux used in this test. According to following information, I only know the build-in Samba is 4.0.19. Like QNAP TS-119PII, I cannot select smb version in [Services] → [Windows] → [File Service] Tab → [Advanced Options].  After contacting Asustor, I was informed current ADM supports smb 2.0. More related information about Samba and smb may be found in Samba Wiki: Samba3/SMB2.

admin@AS-602T:~ $ smbstatus

Samba version 4.0.19
PID     Username      Group         Machine                        
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Failed to initialize session_global: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED

Service      pid     machine       Connected at
-------------------------------------------------------
Failed to initialize session_global: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED
Failed to traverse sessions: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED

No locked files

Mac Mini Late 2012

I have upgrade my Mac mini to 16GB RAM and use a Seagate Laptop SSHD 1 TB which spins at 5400rpm and comes with 8GB MLC cache build-in to replace the slow hard drive.

Test Method

It is detail explained in Prepare Your NAS File Transfer Performance Test with Mac OSX Client. I test both Samba and NFS.

I also add test results from QNAP TS-253 Pro, TS-251, TS-119PII, Thecus N2520, and w5000 with OSX.

  1. QNAP TS-119PII with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  2. QNAP TS-251 with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  3. QNAP TS-253 Pro with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  4. Thecus N2520 with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  5. Thecus W5000 with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report

Performance

File transfer performance on Asustor AS-602T with Mac OSX via Samba.
File transfer performance on Asustor AS-602T with Mac OSX via Samba.
File transfer performance on Asustor AS-602T with Mac OSX via NFS.
File transfer performance on Asustor AS-602T with Mac OSX via NFS.

Analyze

AS-602T is faster to TS-119PII, Thecus N2520, and w5000 on all tests. When compared to TS-251 with 1GB on Samba and NFS, AS-602T is about 10% slower on Samba reading but 10% faster on NFS. About writing, it is 25% slower with Samba while 15% with NFS.

If you use cifs:// in Finder to mount Samba shared drive on AS-602T, reading is 35% while writing is 23% slower compared to smb://.

More Thoughts

It seems ADM doesn’t have Samba compatibility issue with OSX. Just don’t use cifs:// in Finder which will slow down performance.

Reference

  1. Apple: Mac mini (Late 2012) – Technical Specifications
  2. Apple: OS X
  3. Apple: Support: Mac Basics: The Finder organizes all of your files
  4. Asustor
  5. Asustor ADM
  6. Asustor: AS-602T
  7. Intel
  8. Intel Atom Processor D2700
  9. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  10. Intel: Intel 64 Architecture
  11. Linux.org
  12. Prepare Your NAS File Transfer Performance Test with Mac OSX Client
  13. QNAP TS-119PII
  14. QNAP TS-119PII with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  15. QNAP TS-251
  16. QNAP TS-251 with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  17. QNAP TS-253 Pro
  18. QNAP TS-253 Pro with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  19. Samba
  20. Samba Wiki: Samba3/SMB2
  21. Seagate Barracuda Desktop Datasheet
  22. Seagate Laptop SSHD Datasheet
  23. Thecus N2520
  24. Thecus N2520 with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  25. Thecus W5000
  26. Thecus W5000 with Mac OSX File Transfer Performance Report
  27. Wiki: Multi-level cell
  28. Wiki: Network File System
  29. Wiki: Server Message Block
  30. Wiki: Standard RAID levels: 2 RAID 1
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