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Synology EDS14 Review - Test Setup and Performance

Test Setup and Performance

As the EDS14 is a slightly different product to your average NAS enclosure, we've carried out some different tests. To start with, we've tested the USB 3 port using a Samsung SSD 840 Pro connected to a USB 3 to SATA 6Gbps adaptor, which should give a good indication of the maximum speeds you can expect to see through the USB ports, although you'll likely be limited by the Gigabit LAN interface which obviously tops out at 125MB/sec.

In addition, we've also tested the SD card slot using a 16GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card, which is rated up to 95MB/sec read and 90MB/sec write speeds and compared this to a Lexar Professional USB 3.0 card reader connected to an Intel Z87-powered motherboard USB 3 port to see how the built-in SD card reader compared with a dedicated unit we know is able to max out our SD card.

To represent real-world file transfers, we used a 2GB collection of photos straight from an 18MP DSLR camera with the SD card test and folder of a single large video file plus a small collection of word documents and image files to test the USB 3 port. We also used CrystalDiskMark to record the maximum sequential read and write speeds for both the USB 3 and SD card slot.

USB 3 Test (File Transfer - External SSD)

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • PC USB 3 (Read)
  • PC USB 3 (Write)
  • Synology EDS14 (Read)
  • Synology EDS14 (Write)
  • 170.0
  • 132.0
  • 62.0
  • 42.0
0
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50
75
100
125
150
175
MB/sec Higher is Better

USB 3 Test (CrystalDiskMark)

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • PC USB 3 (Read)
  • PC USB 3 (Write)
  • Synology EDS14 (Read)
  • Synology EDS14 (Write)
  • 199.0
  • 148.0
  • 56.0
  • 43.0
0
50
100
150
200
MB/sec Higher is Better

SD Card Test - File Transfer

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • Lexar Professional USB 3 Card Reader (write speed )
  • Lexar Professional USB 3 Card Reader (read speed)
  • Synology EDS14 (write speed )
  • Synology EDS14 (read speed)
  • 55.0
  • 54.0
  • 52.0
  • 50.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
MB/sec Higher is Better

SD Card Test - CrystalDiskMark

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • Lexar Professional USB 3 Card Reader (read speed)
  • Lexar Professional USB 3 Card Reader (write speed )
  • Synology EDS14 (read speed)
  • Synology EDS14 (write speed )
  • 86.0
  • 79.0
  • 68.0
  • 46.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
MB/sec Higher is Better