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Thecus N2520 preview: first NAS with Intel Atom CE5315

We saw the Thecus N2520 at CeBIT for the first time, and now we've been able to test it. It's the first NAS running on the new Intel Atom CE5315 generation of processors. It's a SOC that was specially designed for these types of applications.

That the Thecus device is slightly different can clearly be seen on the back. Next to the requisite gigabit network port there's also HDMI and an optical digital audio port. That means this NAS can be used as media player. The SoC is a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel CE5315, assisted by 1GB of RAM. On the back there are two USB 2.0 ports and there's one frontal USB 3.0 port.

The plastic chassis has a practical design. Behind a door you'll find the two hard disk slots, and installing them does not require a screwdriver. You just have to insert a plastic plate into the holes on the sides of the hard disks.

The Intel Atom CE5315 is a dual-core processor from the Evansport product family from Intel based on the Berryville SOC. This Atom SOC is related to the Z2760 used in various Windows tablets. The 32-bit processor cores run at 1.2GHz and the SoC contains a graphics processor. The NAS features three USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, two SATA II ports and PCI-Express x2.

The graphics processor is a PowerVR SGX 545 that can decode h264 video and other formats. It supports hardware-based AES encryption which should provide better performance with encrypted data on the NAS. This processor is very suitable for a media player. You can continue reading the rest of Thecus N2520 preview on (opens in new tab).