This looks like a nice little unit and LaCie generally makes some nice products. 2Ghz processor in a NAS is a bit overkill, but this system definitely will not have a processing bottleneck.
This looks like an amazing product but having a bigger processor in there won't solve the issue of slow transfer speeds which is mainly caused by slow hard drives. I used to live in a condo where a buddy had a free nas box with a core 2 duo and two 500 gb 5400rpm drives in raid 1. It worked like a charm and we were happy with it until he upgraded the drives to WD caviar Black drives and there was a noticeable difference in speed. This wasn't over a Gigabit network and the drives were setup in raid 1 again.
The deep sleep mode and the shutdown mode are features that free nas doesn't have, and that might be worth the extra money of buying this LaCie product over building your own freenas box.
Ok is just the geek in me or does anyone else get a portal turret/ glados vibe from that casing? Anyone? Turret boxes could be more effective. They are quite impressive specs indeed.
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