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This review is from: Seagate STBP12000100 12TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS
Pros: Great price... for advertised features.
Cons: Jury is still out on this, but I was very surprised to find out that a supposed "business class" NAS would not include actual NAS hard drives. My box came with consumer Barracuda series hard drives. Since the NAS is spec'd wit a 1M hr MTBF, I naturally assumed that meant it included the NAS series of drive. I don't know how Seagate can claim a 1M MTBF and use hard drives with a 750K MTBF. Something doesn't jive here.
Also, the features advertised are a great deal, however, the features are not performing to that which I would expect in what is marketed as "business class". I get a max of 32MB/s write speed over my gigabit network. If I try to pair up with dual NICs, and change the settings on the NAS to support "balanced" between the two NICs, things don't move any faster. I also have jumbo frames maxed out, and read/write buffers maxed. I would normally get transfers from shared drives over the network at speeds twice that of the NAS. So, its not my network, nor the RAID 10 over USB3.0 that it is reading from. Also, the USB3.0 connector on the NAS did not work well. I connected my RAID 10 to that initially, and the performance was so slow, I had to stop the transfer. After an hour of grinding, the estimated completion was 76 hours. I think they could have used USB2.0 and had plenty of headroom based on what I found. When I went over the gigabit for the transfer, the backup was around 20hrs.
Finally, I'm having a lot of trouble having the drive stay online with my network computers (i.e. double click the public shared folder results in "An error occurred while reconnecting..." . I'm not ready to blame the NAS yet for that, because the drive is not notifying me of dropping of the network, and my home network may need some fine-tuning. I will have to update later on that.
Other Thoughts: I give one egg right now because my expectation of a business class NAS was not satisfied... yet. Between the performance, the network droppage, and the reliability spec being ambiguous. My main goal with this device is the protection for my data. Its like buying insurance, though... you never know how good it is until you have to file a claim. I would LOVE to hear from others who have actually had an incident, and where the NAS saved their data from demise. That would help me know that my money was well spent. I also posted a request for success stories with this device on the Seagate forum. I have not heard of any yet... but hopefully that is because their drives are so reliable that they haven't had a failure or recovery to report.
BTW, the rating holds no respect to Newegg. Newegg consistently gets 5 eggs for their excellent service, and fantastic customer support!!!
This review is from: TYAN S5397WAG2NRF Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 DDR2 800
Pros: Features are endless. Using for my video editing workstation. SO many hard drive possibilities! Onboard RAID is amazingly fast. May upgrade to SAS if the drives ever become affordable! 8G of RAM with ease. Setup just as easy as my other Tyan S2692. SOLID performance & reliability!
Cons: This is a big board, but if you invest in a really good server case w/power supply, it is great. May be a bit overwhelming for the new computer integrator. Perfect for the experienced power monger.
Other Thoughts: I had to modify my Intel server case to have the CPU mounting screws in the right place. I did not use the stock cpu mounting plates since I bought this as an open box. I could not find a way to buy them from Tyan or any Tyan dealer. But, no biggie. I don't understand the other not so good reviews. This is amazingly fast with twin x5482 cpus. So many cores! Runs Vegas EXTREMELY well. All cores utilized 100%.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 5 year warranty.
Other Thoughts: All I own are Seagates. They have the confidence to offer a 5 year warranty as standard. I have only had to use it ONCE. And, I have 20 drives spinning 24/7. Great drive. 32M Cache is fabulous with my RAID0 video stack.READ FULL REVIEW