QNAP TVS-951X 9-Bay NAS for SMB Edge and Content Creators

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QNAP TVS-951X Hard Drive Testing

For our tests, we will show the TVS-951X compared to the DS1019+ and DS1618+ which we have reviewed earlier running on a 1GbE network. These three NAS’s compare well to each other except the DS1618+ which can run on a 10GbE system, with an appropriate expansion card.

Our first set of tests will revolve around the basic hard drive NAS performance. We will then show you how to setup Qtier and caching and see the impact those have on performance.

We begin our testing with standard RAID levels that all three NAS units can run using built-in 1GbE networks.

Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (Intel NASPT) is a file system exerciser and analysis tool designed to enable performance comparisons between network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

1GbE Unencrypted Storage Testing

We start our testing with standard RAID levels that all three NAS’s can run using built-in 1GbE networks. We are going to show the charts then discuss after. These are fairly self-explanatory.

QNAP TVS 951X RAID 0
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 0
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 5
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 5
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 6
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 6
QNAP TVS 951X RAID JBOD
QNAP TVS 951X RAID JBOD

Not surprising, all three NAS units are capable to max out the 1GgE network connections. We did not use the NVMe SSD’s read/write cache drives in our tests.

1GbE Encrypted Folder Results

All three NAS’s allow encrypting folders which we will use here in these tests. Again, since the results are so close, we are going to discuss after the charts.

QNAP TVS 951X RAID 0 Encrypted
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 0 Encrypted
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 5 Encrypted
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 5 Encrypted
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 6 Encrypted
QNAP TVS 951X RAID 6 Encrypted
QNAP TVS 951X RAID JBOD Encrypted
QNAP TVS 951X RAID JBOD Encrypted

As in our first set of tests, we find the results of encryption tests to be close, within the margin of error. Generally, the QNAP TVS-951X came out on top in some tests, but these NAS units are being bottlenecked by 1GbE performance.

Now that we have tested the QNAP TVS-951X using 1GbE networking let us move on to the 10GbE tests.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Any information on drive temps?

    You state you were surprised the 120mm fan was able to cool the machine in testing but I didn’t see any drive temperature readings for the various workflows.

    In extended / heavier use cases I wonder if the cooling will be adequate.

  2. What good is this article without a price tag? Haha – I literally don’t know what I should be comparing it to from the likes of Synology or whatnot without it. 🙂

  3. TVS-951X w/ (5) WD 8TB Red & (4) 500GB MX500
    Temps (C):
    CPU 46
    SYS 34
    SSD1/2/3/4 41 41 36 38
    HDD1-5 40 39 38 38 39
    FAN 646 rpm

    It’s on sale fairly often for under $600.

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