Devices HDD NAS

WD Red NAS Hard Drive 4TB

After 2.5 years of usage, my old backup drive (Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB) failed. Drive usage was minimal, but it was on 24/7. New disk decided to be NAS specialized 4.0 TB. Since I believe, it will be backup for this and next generation of home storage. I hope it will serve more than 2.5 year. So this time disk is WD Red NAS Hard Drive 4.0 TB WD40EFRX.

Before start using it as eSATA backup did some speed tests using USB 3.0 connection to Windows 7 PC.

CrystalDiskMark 3
WD40ERFX CrystalDiskMark 3

CrystalDiskMark 5
WD40ERFX CrystalDiskMark 5

HD Tune 5.60
WD40EFRX HD Tune 5.60

Devices SSD

Samsung SSD 840EVO 1TB

New 1TB SSD from Samsung. For mSATA. Very small.
Samsung SSD 840EVO mSATA
Speed test by CrystalDiskMark 3
Samsung SSD 840EVO mSATA 1 TB CrystalDiskMark 3
Speed test by CrystalDiskMark 4
Samsung SSD 840EVO mSATA 1 TB CrystalDiskMark 4

Devices HDD SSD

Intel NUC D54250WYK


Most annoying issue about my old PC was that it cannot playback 1080/60p and 4K video smoothly. Since 3D was not in use last couple of years I decide to switch from discrete graphics to internal. Also after some market investigation I decide to switch from classic desktops to nettop. So I was trying to buy nettop that will give me at least same computing power as previous PC but also gives me 4K and 1080/60p video playback. I chose Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK.

Intel NUC

Inside Intel NUC

Intel NUC inside

I did add 2x8GB DDR3 1600 and Crucial M500 480 GB mSATA drive and did some tests.

SSD Speed

Crucial M500 480GB

Windows 7 performance


Passmark PerformanceTest v8

PassMark Rating

Also did some tests to compare with previous PC. Results in short: about same FPS in 3D, faster video playback (compressed 4K is OK), faster load, 90 times smaller (in volume), 20 times lighter, 10 times less power consumption, less noise. Details below:

Devices HDD Synology

Synology DS209+ backup to external disk speed

NAS Synology DS-209+ with External Drive Zalman ZM-HE350 U3E (with Seagate ST2000DL003 5900RPM). Compare speed of external connected disk  using USB 2.0 and eSATA.

Read Write
USB 2.0 24 MB/s 22 MB/s
eSATA 125MB/s 100 MB/s