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5-bay NAS receives a full 6 stars, listed on PC Pro's A-List
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12/12/2006With powerful features and all-star performance, Thecus' N5200 NAS device has impressed hardware editors the world over. The latest review comes from PC Pro Magazine in their January 2007 issue. The N5200 passed their tests with flying colors, earning a perfect 6-star rating, listing on their A-List of exceptional hardware, and PC Pro's Recommended Award!

Editors begin by introducing the newest Thecus offering: "Its new N5200 RouStor takes the honours as the first desktop unit with room for five SATA hard disks and support for RAID6. The new features don't end there either, as it employs a low-voltage Intel Celeron M and offers three USB, an eSATA and five Gigabit Ethernet ports. The network ports have been split up, with one providing WAN duties and the other four grouped into a separate switch where the appliance performs routing between them - hence the model name…The N5200 is well built and looks good with its smart black chassis and blue backlit LCD and operator panel. As the Linux-based OS is implemented on a separate IDE CompactFlash card, you can purchase the N5200 unpopulated and add your own hard disks."

Performance on the N5200 was also top-notch: "Performance over Gigabit Ethernet is good, with the Iometer utility reporting 53MB/sec raw read throughput with a share mapped to a Supermicro 3.2GHz Pentium D workstation. Copying a 691MB video file to the appliance delivered good real-world write speeds of 25MB/sec, while reading from the array returned 26MB/sec."

The conclusion? "The web interface could benefit from a smarter design, but otherwise there's little to fault the Thecus N5200 RouStor. It's competitively priced and offers some of the best features we've seen from a desktop NAS appliance."

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