Test System & Power Consumption

Intel Core 2 Duo Test System Specs
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.60GHz)
- x2 2GB DDR2-1066 G.Skill (CAS 7-7-7-18)
- Asus P5Q Pro (Intel P45)
- OCZ GameXStream 700 watt
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)
- Asus Radeon HD 4550 (256MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- ATI Catalyst 9.12

LG Super-Multi NAS N2A2
- Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB (Serial ATAII)
- Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB (Serial ATAII)

QNAP TS-412
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)

Thecus N3200XXX
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)

Synology Disk Station DS211
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)
- Western Digital Black 500GB (Serial ATAII)

The N3200XXX was a more power hungry than we anticipated, chugging almost twice as much juice as the dual-bay Synology DS211. With a load consumption of 36 watts the N3200XXX used 80% more power than the DS211 and 29% more than the 4-bay Qnap TS-412. While it may seem like a hog next to the other NAS devices, it still consumed 2.5x less power than our low-end desktop system.