A whole new world compared to the previous NAS units offered by Patriot. It went on sale this weekend, and i have been playing with a release unit for a few weeks now. This thing is AWESOME compared to the Gearbox (no comparison) and the Valkyrie. Dollar for Dollar, its a seriously powerful unit.
As a REAL WORLD EXAMPLE (not some synthetic benchmark) here is a screen shot and Video of it streaming SIX 1080P x264 media streams at about 12 mBit/s per stream. These are different streams, different files, and I was able to randomly seek on all of them FLAWLESSLY. Over CIFS/SMB/SAMBA/Windows File Sharing (just CIFS from now on.)
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And video (soundswapped to prevent copyright claims, but you get the idea)
Overall performance is quite good. I enabled iSCSI, used the windows iSCSI initiator, and it was up and running. Formatted my new volume, and then ran ATTO. Results were acceptable for a consumer NAS.
I ran the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit, but my Host PC has 16GB of ram, and therefore the results were invalidated (I was suspicious when i saw 200MB/s...)
I am working on using a system with less ram to run the test now.
FTP performance is quite good as well. Across a batch of 6 8GB files, it averaged 85MB/s when downloading, and 45MB/s uploading.
None of these tests were run with jumbo frames, as I figure most people are incapable of using jumbo frames within their network. I will probably rerun with jumbo frames support enabled when i find some more time. The NAS was configured with 3x 1TB 7200RM Desktop Drives in RAID 0.
I am still working on technical details, but i have secured Root access, and managed to figure out how plugins can SORTA be installed. I am working on the actual plugin container format. I have also started creating a build environment for it, since it uses a standard setup. The CPU is in the PPC family. It has a Promise Raid Controller. It supports SAS (ha!) drives when I tested them.
I will perform more testing when I get the chance.