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Performance

We benchmarked the NAS with Intel NASPT 1.7.0 using a couple of Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AAL disks. We keep the same test conditions so that you could compare the results with those of our earlier NAS reviews. However, we could not enable Jumbo Frames for the Valkyrie since it does not support them. We also did not benchmark this NAS with FAT32 because its performance was catastrophically low in that case.

The NAS supporting two disks, we can fit all the results into a single diagram.

 

The speed of about 20 MBps is low by today’s standards but characteristic for NASes with the same processor. So, the Valkyrie delivers the performance you can expect from its hardware components.

It is unusual that there is no performance growth when we have two disks in a striped array. This is surely a firmware flaw that should be corrected by the manufacturer with firmware updates, especially as RAID0 is one of only two dual-disk configurations supported by this NAS.

This performance is high enough for watching HD video directly from the NAS, sometimes even in two players at once. However, the lack of NFS support and the imperfect media server make you use the SMB protocol which is often not implemented well on the player’s side.

The speed is above the capabilities of 100 Mbps networks but not as high as we’ve seen with entry-level models from other brands.

Conclusion

The dual-disk Patriot Valkyrie is an entry-level NAS that has a robust metallic case and an outdated hardware platform whose performance is no higher than 15-20 MBps. It supports but the basic protocols, SMB/CIFS and FTP, and the latter is implemented in an inconvenient way as concerns data access control.

The extra functionality is typical of today’s devices and includes a media server, an iTunes server, and peer-to-peer downloads via BitTorrent and eMule. These services work normally, even though their implementation is far from perfect.

Most importantly for a product of its class, the Patriot Valkyrie costs about $150 in online shops (and even $99 at Newegg after a rebate) which is a real bargain. Single or dual-disk NASes from the leading brands cost two or three times as much as that and it’s up to you to decide if their higher performance and various software enhancements are worth the difference in price.

One thing is certain, though. The Valkyrie is really worth the money you are asked for it. You just have to think over what you really need: to simply store files on your network or to have a multifunctional device and use each of its features (storing files, publishing them on the Web, downloading files autonomously, streaming multimedia content, etc). In the latter case, you should consider other models. But if you want a cheap NAS with basic functionality, the Patriot Valkyrie is going to be a good choice.

 
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