ASUSTOR AS-304T 4-bay NAS Server for Home Office Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2013-09-30

ASUSTOR has recently released their AS-300T series represented with two NASes, one with 2 bays and the other with 4. These are powered by the latest Intel Atom CE5335 CPU at 1.6GHz, along with 1GB DDR3 of onboard memory and share the multimedia functions of their more expensive siblings, the AS-600T series. A remote can be also offered to navigate through the XBMC interface for extra cost, as an alternative to the USB mouse and keyboard.

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Test Setup and Test Results

Test Setup


CPU : Intel I7 3750K Retail @ 4.7GHz

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

Motherboard : ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme


Video : Sparkle GeForce GTX 560 Calibre

Power Supply : Cooler Master 850W

HDD : Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.11

Case: Cooler Master ATCS840


To test the NAS performances, the AS-304T was populated with a single OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, formatted with a single volume and the NAS was connected directly to the computer, to avoid any limitations by implying additional hardware like a router. The first simple test was performed by loading the test file onto a RAM drive and then it was copied to the NAS, at its shared folder. The speed was recorded with Total Commander:



The second test was to copy the same file back to the computer; for eliminating any HDD speed limitations, the file was copied back to the RAM drive:



For performing a more advanced test, the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit was used, for performing 5 different test runs. Here are the results:



As extras, we have also included ATTO Disk Benchmark and Anvil:


ATTO Disk Benchmark




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