ASUSTOR AS-604T 4-bay NAS Server for Home and Small Business Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2013-02-21

Even if they are new on the market, ASUSTOR has succeeded to deliver some powerful NAS servers. The model that we are reviewing in this article comes with 4 bays, is meant for usage at home and in small business environments and is packing an Intel Atom DS2700 CPU along with 1GB of RAM (user upgradeable to 3GB).

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A Closer Look Part II

On the lower left side we have an USB 3.0 port available for connecting other external storage devices; when the device has been detected, the activity LED will light up. Nearby we can also see the activity LEDs for the network interfaces:




On the upper left side, we have the power button and LED, along with the system status LED:




Near the LED display, we also have some buttons for navigating through the menus:




Only on the left side of the NAS we will find additional ventilation holes:





On the back side of the NAS we can locate a single 120mm fan for cooling all 4 drives and a lot of other ports:




From left to right, we have one Kensington lock port, one HDMI, 4xUSB 2.0 along 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2x eSATA and an additional USB 3.0 port. Between the eSATA ports and the last USB 3.0 we also have a Reset button:




Compared with the other NASes we have tested in the past, this time the manufacturer has chosen to include the power supply inside the enclosure. Because of this, the NAS seems a little heavy even without any drive installed:




On the bottom side we have 4 rubber feet:




Here we will also find a sticker with the product serial number, the MAC addresses for both interfaces and the power rating:




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Comment from jmke @ 2013/02/22
Intel NAS Performance Toolkit interesting piece of software!
Ran in on a €100.000 Storage solution (iSCSI)

PhotoAlbum: 11.627MB/s
DirectoryCopyFromNAS: 23.304MB/s
DirectoryCopyToNAS: 14.129MB/s
FileCopyFromNAS : 45.147MB/s
FileCopyToNAS: 1149.257MB/s *

OfficeProductivity: 25.083MB/s
ContentCreation: 11.827MB/s

HDVideo_1Play_1Record: 87.289MB/s
HDVideo_1Record: 1280.751MB/s *
HDVideo_1Play: 60.779MB/s
HDVideo_2Play: 90.809MB/s
HDVideo_4Play: 143.016MB/s

scores marked * are skewed because of the test system having more than >2GB RAM.

overall I'd say that performance wise the AS-604T CPU is fast enough to not be a bottleneck performance wise; the SSD inside pushes it past A lot more expensive enterprise products