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This review is from: Seagate STDE16000100 16TB NAS Pro 4-Bay Network Storage
Pros: - Simple installation process
- 16TB of space (4 x 4TB). This unit was preconfigured for SimplyRaid (12TB for storage, 4TB for parity – protects against a single drive failure). Other RAID options are available.
- Amazingly small footprint (8.5in x 6.75in x 7in)
- Low power consumption (120W). Supports scheduled power on/off, wake on lan, etc.
- Whisper quiet
- Nice-looking device with LED screen
- 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- Solid performance with its dual-core Intel CPU and 2GB DDR3 RAM
- MUCH easier to setup and manage than the WHS server box I built myself.
I was stunned at how small and quiet the NAS is compared to my WHS box. It was a cinch to install. It was so easy, I questioned whether or not I was truly done. Here is the setup process:
- Plug in power and network.
- Turn it on and wait for solid light.
- Browse to NAS with your browser (via a Seagate URL).
- Download any firmware updates (automatically). Downloaded version 18.104.22.168 dated July 7, 2014 (took 10 minutes to DL and install).
- Choose admin username and pw.
- Total installation time: 20 minutes.
From there you will want to set up users, groups, and shares, set up a backup plan, and perform other administrative setup tasks, so that will take more time.
Performance is superb. I was averaging over 110MB/sec reading AND writing a large 4.3GB folder back and forth from my PC to the NAS and vice-versa. This was on wired CAT6 segments with both devices on the same gigabit switch.
The OS is very clean and easy to use. See other thoughts.
Cons: - HD cages do not lock
- Documentation could be better
- Wish there were more apps in Application Manager
Other Thoughts: The NAS comes with an embedded Linux-based OS called Seagate NAS OS4. The OS has 5 main screens: Device manager, File Browser, Download Manager, Backup Manager, and App Manager. The menus within each main screen are listed on the left, with the main content for the selected subcategory displayed on the right. The screens load quickly and are laid out nicely.
Device Manager is where you can get a snapshot overall server conditions (health, CPU / RAM usage, # of shares, users, and groups, and so forth). You can also manage shares, users, and groups, manage server settings, services, configure the storage, etc.
File Manager is a browser-based file explorer where you can set up folders, set permissions on folders, and upload data.
Download Manager manages downloads to the device. To use this function, you must enable a service called Download Machine. This service will allow you to use the server for torrents, among other things.
App Manager lets you install and manage apps on the server. At the time of this writing, there were only 5 apps for download. One was an antivirus. I was able to download and install that with one click. The only other intriguing one to me was WordPress. There are other apps for use with IP cameras (Surveillance Manager), ownCloud, and BitTorrent Sync. There is also a manual installation mode that lets you install apps that are not listed in the app manager, but I could not find any detailed documentation about that feature in the online manual.
Backup Manager is just what it sounds like. It lets you manage backups and restores for the data. It’s very easy to set up a backup job. You simply specify the source folders you want to back up, and you specify a destination. You can back up to local hard drives, cloud services, or other devices that support Rsync, FTP, SMB, NFS, or WebDav.
There are a lot of other settings that you can meddle with in addition to the ones mentioned above. Your best bet is to go to Seagate’s web site and view the manual online.
Overall I am very impressed with this NAS. It looks great on my desk and takes up very little space. With its great performance and abundance of storage, it should last for many years.
Pros: Unlocked multiplier makes overclocking easier. Extremely fast, even at stock. Runs cool. 22 nm architecture. No heatsink / fan is a plus to me. I never used the stock ones anyway.
Other Thoughts: Upgraded from an X58/ i7-920 setup to this processor. Paired it with an MSI X79A-GD45 Plus and 16GB of GSkill DDR3 2133 RAM. Boot times are noticeably faster, as are app and game load times. Nothing seems to slow this system down.
Some might say this processor is entry level because if you're on LGA 2011, you might as well get a CPU with six or eight cores. Personally I have no regrets, and I know I can upgrade down the road if I ever need to. This CPU seems to be on par with a 4770K benchmark-wise, which is more than adequate for me at this time.
Pros: Whisper quiet. Runs everything I throw at it on max settings. Comes with a bunch of free games (Splinter Cell compilation and Watch Dogs at the time of this review). Nice options for ports (DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort). Can SLI these.
Other Thoughts: This card replaced two GTX 285s (SLI) and I don't miss them one bit. When gaming on the two 285s, the fans would get extremely loud. It was very annoying. That just doesn't happen with this card. I am very pleased with this purchase and plan on picking up a second one at some point for either SLI or for a second system I have running in the house (which just inherited one of the 285s). Was considering a GTX 780, but I am perfectly happy with my decision.READ FULL REVIEW