HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB Review (Page 11 of 11)

Page 11 - Conclusion

With a reputation for renowned performance and serious reliability, the HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB has it all in its genes. It packs in some surprising enterprise-grade features in both its hardware and firmware, and throws them all into the mix in its glorious demonstration of 7,200RPM speed in our benchmarks today. Sure, it may not have swept the board with the results, but it consistently scored at or near the top in almost every test. Of course, packing in five 800GB platters and spinning them at one hundred and twenty times per second comes at a cost, and that cost will appear on your power bill. With our QNAP TS-470 network attached storage system configured with the HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB, it consumed three extra watts per drive compared to the most efficient unit in our tests. If you have four drives installed, multiply it all together, run them 24/7, and sooner or later, you will realize these numbers will really add up. At the end of the day, as I have mentioned in my Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 4TB review last week, we are spoiled for choice among the three major hard disk models designed for this application. The Deskstar NAS 4TB is fast but power hungry, the WD40EFRX delivers the right speed in the right areas with the lowest power consumption, and the Seagate NAS HDD 4TB commands the lowest cost. With each carrying its own advantages and disadvantages, you will need to weigh out your options, determine your priorities, and choose accordingly. For about $185 at press time, the HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB will be the weapon of choice for those who want raw speed and proven reputation for reliability, where power consumption is less of a concern.

HGST provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.

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The HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB is a hard drive that stacks on some enterprise features in conjunction with a lot of focus on raw speed, but watch out for its power consumption.

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Page Index
1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. NAS Performance, Power Consumption
11. Conclusion