Test Setup

We've changed from using manual file copy tests to Intel's NAS Performance Toolkit. This allows you to obtain results for numerous tasks such as copying individual files, directories, photo albums as well as multiple instances of video streaming.

Synology DS216play Review Synology DS216play Review - Test Setup and Performance
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We perform the following tests:
  • Directory copy (copying a large directory tree)
  • File copy (copying a large single file)
  • HD Playback and Record (two concurrent 720p video streams (one playback, one record)
  • Photo Album (browsing a collection of hi-res photos)
  • Quad-stream video playback (four concurrent 720p playback streams)
The results are recorded in megabytes a second. We use two 4TB Western Digital Red hard disks for 2-bay NAS enclosures and the included hard disks for populated enclosures, along with an SSD in the test system, with both connected to a Gigabit router. The system is limited to 2GB RAM to ensure accurate results. We also configure all NAS enclosures to operate in RAID 1 mode as this is the most likely scenario for end users as it provides redundancy.

Directory copy

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • WD My Cloud EX2100
  • Synology DS216play
  • QNAP TS-231
  • Thecus N4310
  • Synology DS215j
  • Synology DS715
    • 25.5
    • 14.4
    • 23.7
    • 10.8
    • 22.3
    • 16.4
    • 20.4
    • 9.2
    • 18.9
    • 16.8
    • 14.4
    • 12.9
0
5
10
15
20
25
MB/sec Higher is Better
  • Read
  • Write

File copy

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • Synology DS216play
  • Synology DS715
  • WD My Cloud EX2100
  • Thecus N4310
  • QNAP TS-231
  • Synology DS215j
    • 99.8
    • 87.3
    • 99.4
    • 133.1
    • 90.7
    • 102.0
    • 83.0
    • 53.6
    • 81.2
    • 58.7
    • 79.7
    • 104.0
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
MB/sec Higher is Better
  • Read
  • Write

HD Playback and record

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • Synology DS715
  • WD My Cloud EX2100
  • Synology DS215j
  • Synology DS216play
  • Thecus N4310
  • QNAP TS-231
  • 112.8
  • 93.2
  • 84.4
  • 81.9
  • 75.3
  • 68.7
0
25
50
75
100
125
MB/sec Higher is Better

Photo Album

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • Synology DS216play
  • WD My Cloud EX2100
  • Synology DS215j
  • Synology DS715
  • Thecus N4310
  • QNAP TS-231
  • 29.9
  • 17.3
  • 13.4
  • 12.2
  • 11.1
  • 11.0
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
MB/sec Higher is Better

Quad-stream HD Video Playback

Arranged by Transfer Speed

  • Synology DS715
  • WD My Cloud EX2100
  • Thecus N4310
  • Synology DS215j
  • Synology DS216play
  • Quad-stream HD Video Playback
  • 116.2
  • 116.0
  • 105.4
  • 103.9
  • 101.5
  • 82.4
0
25
50
75
100
125
MB/sec Higher is Better

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