Valkyrie Dual Bay NAS server review: Valkyrie Dual Bay NAS server

The "Public" share folder is also the place you want to put digital content to be shared to other devices via streaming. Technically, you can choose to share content stored in a different share folder, but because of the issue with user access mentioned above, it's best to stay with the server's default settings. You can create more subfolders in this "Public" share folder and once the media stream feature is turn on, contents will be made available to other devices. The Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server supports both UPNP Media Server and iTunes and can automatically look for new content periodically.

Performance
We tested the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server in both RAID 1 and RAID 0 configurations and were very disappointed with its performance.

In RAID 0, which is the setup optimized for speed at the expense of data protection, the server scored only 70.7Mbps in our Write test and 80.2Mbps in our Read test. These scores are by far the slowest among NAS servers tested by CNET Labs in more than a year. By comparison, the dual-bay Synology DS209+ scored 256.3Mbps and 375Mbps for Write and Read tests, respectively.

In RAID 1, the setup that sacrifices speed and storage space for data protection, the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS did even worse with only 48.1Mbps for the Write test and 60.9Mbps for the Read test, again seriously lagging behind the 240Mbps and 322.3Mbps of the Synology DS209+.

At this speed, the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server is best suited for environments where light network storage is required. If you're looking to do a lot of file sharing or media streaming, check out the many other alternatives.

Performance test scores
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
HP MediaSmart Server LX195
393.7 
341.8 
HP MediaSmart Server EX495
380.4 
279.6 
Synology DS209+ (RAID 0)
375 
256.3 
Synology DS209+ (RAID 1)
322.3 
240 
QNAP TS-239 Pro (RAID 0)
373.9 
223.9 
QNAP TS-239 Pro (RAID 1)
292.9 
176.6 
Patriot Valkyrie Dual-Bay (RAID 0)
80.2 
70.7 
Patriot Valkyrie Dual-Bay (RAID 1)
60.9 
48.1 

Other than that, the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server's Web interface was also unresponsive at times, especially during heavy loads. The server did, however, stay quiet and cool during our testing.

Service and support
Despite that the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server's box states that it comes with a two-year warranty, Patriot told us that it backs the server with only a one-year warranty. This is short, but it's kind of standard for most NAS servers nowadays. The company's Web site has no section dedicated to the NAS server and when we tried its toll-free technical support phone number, we were greeted with a recorded message asking us to leave a voice mail describing the issues, and Patriot will get back to us at a later time.

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