Synology DS207+ NAS Server

Testing

Testing

In order to test the Synology DS207+, I kept the testing process extremely simple and focused primarily on network transfer speed between the NAS itself and the client PC. All testing was conducted from within a closed network scenario in order to reduce network overheads affecting the performance of the DS207+. Unfortunately, I was unable to secure access to a Gigabit switch in time for the review to assess the Gigabit capabilities of the unit, but the numbers that I managed to obtain are, in my opinion, accurate and qualitative.

The Synology DS207+ will be assessed using a freshly formatted RAID 0 array, while Nodesoft' freeware DiskBench and Intel'  Iometer (Intel Open Source License) will be used to assess the Synology DS207+' disk performance. DiskBench is a handy little benchmarking utility that should give an indication of real life performance instead of synthetic numbers. Three tests were performed using DiskBench: read, copy and create. The read, copy and create benchmarks were all undertaken using a 500MB file.

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It's a useful tool to test disk performance and can measure the I/O transfer rate and the average I/O response time. The 'All in one' test was run for ten minutes and the results have been presented below for you:

 

Iometer results

 

 From the Iometer results chart above, we can see that 'Maximum I/O Response Time' is very high, but yet the 'average' is quite reasonable.

The low CPU Utilization figure is a welcome sight too. We can see from the DiskBench charts below that the Synology DS207+ provided satisfactory file transfer rates and times for both the read and copy benchmarks.

 

DiskBench benchmark

 

However, the 'create' benchmark causes a significant slowdown in disk performance, and the bottom chart illustrates this the best.

 

Transfer Rate

 

All things considered, the Synology DS207+ has handled itself quite respectably. Let's head over the page to see what we can draw from the conclusion...

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12-10-2008, 06:20:27

PV5150
Looking to take the leap towards Network Address Storage (NAS)? Synology' DS207+ NAS has everything that you'll need for a SOHO NAS solution.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...073839552s.jpg

But don't take our word for it - check out the review

12-10-2008, 07:42:32

Rastalovich
Great review. These units are excellent pieces of kit.

Unfortunately for me they're still priced as if they're being targeted at businesses - what's more, IT people within businesses. Gloss or repack them anyway they like, 230 without any thrown in drivespace is alarming. And if they're looking to really target the average home buyer, they will have to have some sort of drive in them. Yes they're basic to put together - but that is scary to most who dont dabble inside pcs on a regular basis.

And heres the thing - if u do dabble inside pcs, u wouldnt pay 230 for one of these for 2 drive storage when u have an old pc.

Good tech. Throw in merely 2x500g drives for the price and it'd be a good purchase.

12-10-2008, 07:49:48

PV5150
Thanks Rast, and yes I wholeheartedly agree with everything that you've just said. As if the cost of the NAS itself isn't enough, then to factor in the cost of one or two fast HDD's into the equation - you're up for some serious coin.

12-10-2008, 14:02:35

JN
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.

13-10-2008, 07:54:00

PV5150
Thanks Jim I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.



I'm sure you could and the results would be worth the extra effort too.

13-10-2008, 08:23:40

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding

13-10-2008, 08:52:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding
Very true. Almost makes me wanna build a wireless NAS and have it tucked away in a cupboard somewhere with a wireless N card installed.

Just a shame I don't have the time to fiddle, which I guess makes the PnP nature of the Synolgy appealing.
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