Netgear Readynas 516 vs 526x and alternative

Netgear Readynas 526x

Netgear replaced my readynas 516 with a 526x under warranty the 526x doesn’t seem to be as fast as the old 516
I use a 316 as a back up nas and was thinking about buying a 626x to replace the 526x downgrade that to the back up nas get rid of the 316 i currently have about 25TB used of 60TB in raid 5 = 45 TB the drives are 10 TB ironwolf pro
I use Plex as a server on the main nas But i also run an HTPC to provide my Home Cinema experience HDMI to AVreceiver on to OLED tv the mother board gives me 2 4K outputs one HDMI 4096 x 2160@60Hz and 1 display port at 4096 x 2160@60Hz

The CPU performance is very similar between these NAS models which is around 4000 pass mark. But there is a big difference between RN516 which features i3-3220  and 526x with Pentium D1508   processor. The difference is transcoding engine. Intel core i3 processors will transcode videos on the fly without using much of the CPU power. Whereas Pentium will need to work at full capacity to do even simple FHD video conversion.
Not many NAS manufacturers think about about customers who buy NAS for multimedia. Qnap TVS-672N (672XT) and eight bay models not only feature transcoding engine but also has HDMI2.0 ports for direct connectivity to 4K TVs.

I hope this helps.

 


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