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Performance

We benchmarked our DS212 using Intel NASPT 1.7.1 and Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 hard disk drives. We created a RAID and a shared folder on the NAS and enabled Jumbo Frames. The rest of the settings were left at their defaults. We did not install extra packages.

The first diagram shows the test results for the Synology Hybrid RAID mode with one and two HDDs.

The read speed is up to 90 MB/s while the write speed is over 100 MB/s. The DS212 is comparable to top-end SOHO-class NASes in this respect. Its performance is very close to that of Atom-based products.

Now let’s check out classic RAID modes.

The top speeds do not differ much from the SHR mode. The mirror array is somewhat faster than the striped one in terms of reading, but the type of RAID doesn’t affect the NAS’s performance much.

The high-speed USB 3.0 port allows connecting an external hard disk to increase the total disk space of the NAS. Unfortunately, HFS+ is not supported, so we could only test EXT3, EXT4, FAT32 and NTFS.

As expected, EXT3 and EXT4 are the fastest file-systems: up to 80 MB/s at reading and over 100 MB/s at writing. FAT32 is comparable to them at reading but is only half as fast at writing. The peak read and write speeds with NTFS are 45 and 70 MB/s, respectively. Overall, it is clear that, despite its mainstream hardware platform, the DS212 can ensure a rather high speed with external USB 3.0 disks.

 
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