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ASUSTOR AS5008T Review

Bringing in a newer, faster CPU and an additional two Ethernet Ports makes for some serious fun.  Having combed through the benchmarks, it looks like the AS5008T has done something on the scale of amazing.  What? You ask… ASUSTOR has created an affordable (around $700USD) NAS that competes with NAS costing nearly twice as much.  Having performed near the top in almost all of our benchmarks, the AS5008T is a speedster wearing racing stripes.

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The savings comes from some re-purposing of parts and the shedding of excess weight.  ASUSTOR trimmed the LCD, and to me… that is no biggie, I never look at it anyway.

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As for the rest of it, ADM has always been a strong contender and with their latest enhancements to the UI in version 2.4, it is even easier on the eyes.  The OS is polished and ready to use.  Although you may not be accessing your NAS UI on a regular basis; when you do, you shouldn’t have to reference the manual every time.  ASUSTOR makes using your NAS easy.

Strap all that in the same saddle and you have put a racing horse on a dog track.  While there are plenty of NAS out there that are worthy of your consideration, there are few that do it as well as the AS-5008T.

Performance - 9.5
Features - 9
Design - 9
Value - 10
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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior Features
  3. Internal Features
  4. Mobile Applications
  5. Initial Configuration
  6. Administration
  7. Administration: Continued
  8. Benchmarking: Avatar Benchmark
  9. Benchmarking: MP3 Transfer Benchmark
  10. Benchmarking: 2GB Transfer Benchmark
  11. Benchmarking: Intel NASPT
  12. Benchmarking: IOMeter
  13. Benchmarking: CrystalDiskMark
  14. Final Thoughts

About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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14 comments

  1. William Pemberton

    Well Joe I was going to build your “Build a NAS for Affordable Storage – The Complete Guide” until I saw this. I couldn’t build that for this price and with the upgradable RAM it’s perfect for me. Thanks for this review, the NAS and 8 5 Tb hard drives are on the way.

    • William, I am happy to hear that you will not be following our guide… for this reason alone :). This is a strong NAS at a FANTASTIC price. Please let us know how you make out with it.

      • William Pemberton

        For sure Joe. As happy as I am with my Qnap 4 bay, this unit will be faster and with the HDMI I’ve finally found a use for my old Samsung monitor. Thinking about a bluetooth dongle also for a keyboard and mouse setup.

      • William Pemberton

        So,now that I’ve transferred my TV collection from my Qnap NAS I have to say, this is one fast NAS. I’m sure the 8Gb ram upgrade makes a big difference. When I stream to my WD TV Live the buffering is a lot faster than the Qnap. There’s also a noticeable difference when I’m searching through the different folders from the TV Live.

        Transferring files through the network from my Mac is faster and I haven’t had any error messages like I do with the Qnap.

        I’m not trying to put down Qnap here but these boxes aren’t really comparable. 512 Mb’s of ram vs. 8 Gb’s. Single core processor vs. dual core and so on.

        The Qnap has been good for my needs and I honestly never thought that I’d need more than 8 Tb’s of storage, but I am a bit of a digital media hoarder it turns out. It’s also a little more reassuring to be able to use Raid 6 and have that 2 drive fail safety with tons of storage still.

        So the Qnap has been relegated to just movie storage and hopefully now that it’s no longer sitting with less than a Tb free it will perform a little better.

        Altogether the AS5008T with 8 5Tb drives and the ram upgrade came to just under $3.000 Canadian but I’m very happy and I’m sure this will be the last NAS for years to come. But who knows?

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