Thecus N2520 review: first NAS with Intel Atom CE5315

The new Atom generation


Intel Atom CE5315

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 1.2 GHz 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.

Thecus N2520

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 suited for a media player.

Thecus N2520

The performance of the processor is less than the current Intel Atom D2700. That one runs at 2.13 GHz and is used in high-end NAS models. The CE5315 should be seen as a more deluxe alternative for the faster ARM-based NAS processors. The new processor has both HDMI out and in, which makes the CE5315 suitable for other applications as well.  The advantage of this processor is that so many things are integrated that it makes building a NAS a much simpler process, and cheaper. Asustor and Synology will also apply the same SoC in their products.

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Thecus N2520

2 bay(s), 0 GB, 3.5 inch, Intel Atom CE5315, 1000 Mbit/s

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