Review of Patriot Valkyrie 2 Bay Network Attach Storage

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Today for review I’ve got one of my favorite types of products, yes it’s the NAS box! This one though is from a company that you might not expect, Patriot Memory. Today I’m taking a look at the Valkyrie 2 Bay NAS box, not only do I have the normal stuff to show you about this product but I’ve put it up against eight other NAS boxes for comparison. The Patriot Valkyrie is the least expensive NAS box that I’ve reviewed, but how doe it hold up against ones that cost 2-3 times more? How is the performance in comparison and the features? Read on to find out…


We’ll start off with the video unboxing for you:

Then I’ve got the still pictures for you:

The Valkyrie is packaged well in styrofoam.

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Included with the NAS Box is the power supply, ethernet cable, user manual and software disc.

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The box itself is nicely made, with a metal housing to help keep the heat down. The right side has the Valkyrie logo and the left side just says nas storage.

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The has several LEDs on it to indicate power and both HDD and USB activity, along with the main power button and a USB port.

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The front is actually a door that folds down to reveal the hard drive cage and the racks.

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Once the racks are out you can see the cooling fan and the SATA connectors inside:

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On the back you’ll find the power connection, ethernet port, cooling fan and another USB port along with a reset button.

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Specifications:

Valkyrie 2 Bay Network Attach Storage

PCNASVK35S2
The Patriot Valkyrie Dual Bay NAS device is ideal as a central storage server, digital media hub, or FTP server for remote users. Valkyrie is equipped with two 3.5″ drive bays, a 500MHz embedded processor, 128MB of RAM., fast Gigabit network capabilities, RAID 0, 1 and JBOD support to keep your data safe and secure. Some of the built in features are: UPnP media server, iTunes server, user/group management, One Touch Backup (OTB), scheduled backup, PC-less download via P2P Network, Active Directory Services (ADS), and Dynamic DNS. The easy to use interface and comprehensive setup options bring the versatility of a robust network storage device to everyone.

Features:

* System: Embedded 500MHz Processor / 128MB Embedded Ram / 16MB Flash
* 10/100/1000 Ethernet
* Built in RAID 0,1, JBOD
* Supports SATA II, up to 4TB storage
* Supports USB external storage
* Supports Network file protocol CIFS/SMB/AFP/NFS/HTTP/FTP
* Supports UPNP Media Server
* Supports user / group management
* Supports folder management
* Supports OTB (One Touch Backup)
* Supports Unicode file name
* Supports system backup, scheduled back and direct USB backup
* Supports FTP, iTunes and Print servers
* Supports PC-less download (BT/HTTP/FTP/e2DK (emule/edonkey))
* Supports ADS Active Directory Services
* Supports Dynamic DNS
* Supports multi-lingual user interface

Price: $165.00 (From Amazon at time of review)


To start off with I’m using two Western Digital Caviar Black 750gb hard drives, the same ones I used for my Nas Roundup I did a while back.

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To install the drives in the racks you remove the black plastic spaces and use the provided screws to attach them the racks, very easy no problems there.

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Here’s the Valkyrie when it’s powered on and active:

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The easiest way to access the Valkyrie is run the program on the disc. From here you can launch the web interface to get it all set up and running.

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On the main page you’re greeted the System Info of the Valkyire:

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The first thing you’ll need to do is initialize or format your hard drive and get them set up in Raid if you want to. I’ve got them set up in Raid 1.

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If you click on Settings at the top, then appear down the left side are several options for Devices Settings, Network Settings, Disk Management, Disk Settings, User Settings, Group Settings and Folder Settings. Just click the pictures below to see them larger.

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On the top of the interface you’ve got even more options. Under the Services tab you can set ADS, DDNS, FTP, UpNP, iTunes, Downloads, MLdonkey, Print Server and Backup.

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Then we have the Tools tab where you can access System things like Restart, Scheduling, Backup and Restore and reset to factory default. You can also update the firmware, configure the admin section and check out the system log.

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One thing odd about this NAS box is that there actually is no web interface for users without admin rights to access the box, they’ll have to FTP into the box to access their folders and files. To me it’s no big deal as I work with FTPs all of the time, but to the novice user they may have no clue and not understand what to do.

The box itself is fairly quiet, I’ve got it turning right now sitting less than two feet from me on my desk, there is slight hum coming from it but nothing overly loud, my typing this actually is louder… Then again I do have a loud clicky keyboard!

The main reason I used the same hard drives as before was so I could just add the Valkyrie into my comparison charts. My computer and network setup are the same as before.

So as of now I’ve got nine different NAS boxes form companies like Synology, Qnap, Thecus, Seagate and now Patriot.

For my testing I test the transfer speeds and times from my computer to the NAS boxes of three different things, Small Video File Transfer (900Mb), Large File Transfer (3.02GB), and a Files and Folders Transfer which is a total of 3.02GB with 874 files within 199 folders.

We’ll start with the Files and Folders Transfer Test:

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The Patriot Valkyrie comes in second slowest…

The next test is the large Single File test:

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Again the Patriot comes in second to last here as well..

and the final test is the small file test:

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and yet again the Valkyrie is in the same position.

The Valkyire might not be the fastest of the bunch, but it is certainly the least expensive.

I went to Amazon and grabbed the lowest price for each box:

Qnap TS-109 Pro II  = $249

Patriot Valkyrie = $165.00

Qnap TS-210P = $399.99

Thecus N2200 = $179.00

Qnap TS-419P = $599.99

Black Armor NAS110 = $237.95

Black Armor NAS220 = $279

Thecus N3200 Pro = $354.59

Sysnolgy DS209 +II = $459.99

The one that comes closet is the Thecus N2200 but it’s still about $15 more. The others aren’t even close to the price of the Valkyrie.

For the price you can’t get much better truly than the Valkyrie. It might not have all of the features of higher priced NAS boxes but it’s close, it has most of them.


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Conclusion:

For the price you can’t find a better NAS box I’m sure. The Patriot Valkyire might be budget priced but it dos have the features of those costing two-three times more than it does.

Overall I like this little NAS box, it’s easy to use and set up, it’s well made and it’s quiet. It might not be the fastest out there, but it’s still faster than using USB to store your files, and this way you can access them from anywhere.

If you’re looking for a decent NAS box but don’t want to spend a lot of money, then you can’t go wrong with the Patriot Valkyrie.

9 recommended5

Pros:
+Nicely made
+Easy to use and set up
+Front USB port for easy access
+Relatively quiet

Cons:
-A bit slow, but not the slowest
-No web interface

Grades:
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-8-10

This product was given to technogog for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review, we do not, and never will, accept payment from companies to review their products. To learn more about our review policy please visit this page HERE.

  • wolf

    I bought one of these and I am not impressed.
    * contrary to what is says on the box NFS does not work
    * SMB (windows filesharing) craps out after a couple of G worth of transfer, requiring you to remap the drive
    * Transfer speed is horrible – typically 2.5MB/sec or less
    If anyone is considering buying this heap of crap I strongly suggest you read the Patriot Memory support forums for this device to view some genuine customer feedback

  • n1581j

    Funny,

    I got it to work no problems, would recommend this unit based on cost performance ratio to anyone including my worst enemy and best friend

  • wolf

    n1581j I would love to know how you got NFS working considering that the binaries, config files and init scripts for NFS are not installed on the box. The only services running are a web server for the UI, FTP and samba (windows filesharing).
    NFS and AFP are definitely not supported. Their customer support emailed me to let me know new firmware to ‘add’ NFS and AFP support was a couple of weeks away, however if you check their support forums they have been promising this for the last few months.
    Until the promised firmware arrives and/or Patriot release the source code so the user community can add the features Patriot advertise on the box I would recommend that anyone who needs NFS or AFP support does not purchase the Valkyrie.

  • Tackler

    What version of windows did you use when setting up the Patriot? I got 7 to set it up but when i try to view it with setup software in XP it can’t find it.

  • hotzone

    Unsure how much you got paid to say this is a good device but I highly doubt you even powered it on as you certainly would not have given it a good review if you did. The forums at Patriot are FULL of unhappy customers and Patriot refuses to fix the issues with this pile of junk.

    As mentioned NFS was not supported when sold, the firmware update that installed NFS was only released recently. I am unsure how Patriot can sell a device with features on the side of the box that the unit doesnt even do until months after its been purchased by te public.

    The stability of the device is shocking, the Upnp server is terrible with little if any support for movies. BT support runs…until you use it. Options on the whole in the device are NIL and dont get me started about the speed, I have an old 286 that could out perform this machine.

    I suggest anyone avoid this machine even if you get it for free its just not worth it.

    As for Patriot I suggest you avoid buying ANYTHING they make as the support is non existant.

    Check out http://www.patriotmem.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=20 if you want to read some real reviews on this product rather then reviews like this one that are false and I can only assume the reviewer is paid to say the device is great or doesnt even test the equipment. Either way he could not have recommened this device if he actually tested it.

  • Popps

    Well, I just finished buying this unit and setting it all up. At first when I stumbled on the comments above I got scared that I’d made a terrible decision, but I just went to the Patriot site and installed the latest firmware (beta 4) and see that NFS is now included and in fact I’m using it flawlessly as I type this to transfer 200 GB from a Linux Mint machine to the Valkyrie. I have two 1.5 TB drives in it and they are running as Raid 1. I can also access the Valkyrie NFS from my xbox media center, as well as my windows machines….don’t think I can ask for much more. Can’t comment on transfer speeds just yet, though I know I get about 2 MB/s when transferring from a USB drive connected to the Valkyrie itself to it’s internal drives. As I don’t know whether the external HD is USB1 or USB2 I think that’s reasonable – I don’t expect super speed anyway from a NAS! Alas, don’t get totally scared off by the bad reviews, it works nicely so far for me anyway…..couldn’t get all this functionality for the price in anything else here in Ottawa, Canada that I know of.

    Cheers…

  • Menglor

    I havent actually bought this unit, I was an early purchases of the D-link version of it. I promptly returned the unit because of the lack of support for encoding on streaming.

    So I would like to ask, if anyone has actually tested the Upnp feature of this NAS box?
    the Dlink could stream video to my PS3 with no problem, but because of how the Xbox works, it needs to be streamed differently. which ironically is the same for the Patrriot Box Office.

    so has anyone tried streaming? which client?

  • Mulet

    PEICE OF FUCKING SHIT.

    Slow, stutters when playing videos from it, unpn won’t show up. I could shit a better nas if I ate a bag of iron filings.

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