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Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 Network Attached Storage Review

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Internals

DSC_3514Getting the Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 apart required the removal of a lot of screws but eventually the motherboard did come out. The CPU on the Seagate DP-6 is the new Intel Atom C2338 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU. While this CPU is at a lower clock speed of the D270x, the new changes and updates in the platform should overcome the lower clock speeds. In the past on some of the older Atom based platforms, a mix of Intel and other manufactures were used to handle more than two SATA ports. The new CPU is able to provide six SATA ports, so it is all Intel in this NAS. The low power Atom CPU also means there is not a need for active CPU cooling and is cooled by a large silver colored heatsink featured in the center of the motherboard.

 

DSC_3515The backside of the motherboard features the memory slot. This side of the motherboard is extremely easy to get to without taking the whole board out. On the left side of the case, there is a panel that slides off after removing two screws and grants access to the memory slot. The Atom C2338 can support a maximum of 16 GB of ram on the single channel.

DSC_3518The USB daughter board features a Phison PS2251-03-Q USB 3.0 to flash controller. This is the controller board for the NASOS  operating system.

 

DSC_3517The backplane for the drives plugs into what looks like a combination of a PCIe 1x and 4x slots.

 

DSC_3512The backplane for the Seagate NAS Pro DP-6 features six drive bays for SATA only drives. According to the specifications the NAS only supports up to 5 TB drives. As larger drives come out, I am sure only a firmware upgrade is necessary.

 

DSC_3524To keep the hard drives cool, Seagate went with the Noctua NF-P12 120mm fan. This fan offers good cooling with a low acoustical noise level. At the full 1300 RPM the fan generates a noise level of 19.8dBa.

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Tom, I have this unit and was wondering if in your opinion the so-dimm memory module could be upgraded to a larger size? Also do you know if the stock memory is ECC?

  2. I have this NAS, and use it for shared video editing storage with 2 editing systems. I wanted to make it work a bit faster, so I bonded the two Ethernet plugs into one “load balancing” 2Gb/s connection.

    I got a Netgear GSS116E – ProSAFE 16-port Gigabit Click Switch specifically because it was able to do port aggregation.

    The whole experience turned into a massive pain. I plugged the NAS into two of the switch’s ports and configured the switch to link those two ports together. It wouldn’t work. Eventually, I just tried moving the cables over to NON-aggregated ports on the switch, and the NAS popped right up on the network. I don’t know if the NAS and the GSS116e don’t have compatible port aggregation or what, but it just didn’t work. I do know that the GSS116e only does “static LAGs,” not LACP. According to the NAS’ monitoring info, it is putting out over 200MB/s (>1.6Gbps) with two plain old, unlinked gigabit ethernet ports.

    So before you spend the money on a new network switch, try it out with what you have, just linking the ports in the NAS and plugging them into a dumb gig-e switch. That’s the only way I could get this to work.

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