Test System Specs & Power

Every NAS tested is filled with WD Red Pro 4TB hard drives unless specified otherwise. NAS devices with just two bays are tested using RAID1 while those supporting three or more drives will be tested using RAID5.

When benchmarking, the NAS device in question is connected directly to a Netgear GS108T v2 switch and the test PC is always our most high-end desktop using an SSD to read and write the data.

The WD MyCloud EX2 Ultra 8TB is lean when it comes to power consumption -- we never saw our 8TB model consume more than 16 watts under load and 11 watts at idle.