Hikvision NVR Load Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Dec 14, 2017

IPVM members recently debated Hikvision NVR's performance under load in Hikvision 30+ Cameras On NVR - Apps And Client Really Slow Down And CPU Usage Jumps - Any Other Experiences Or Tests?

To see how Hikvision's NVRs and iVMS-4200 software handled heavy use, we tested a Hikvision DS-9632NI-I8 NVR, viewing 32 cameras using over 400 Mb/s bandwidth on multiple client PCs to see:

  • How does iVMS-4200 handle 32 cameras across multiple monitors?
  • How do settings such as resolution, frame rate, etc. impact this performance?
  • How much impact do CPU and memory have on iVMS performance?
  • How does the NVR stand up to heavy load? Are there issues with frame drop or lost recordings?

**** ******* ******** ******* ********* ***'* *********** ***** **** *********** **+ ******* ** *** - **** *** ****** ****** Slow **** *** *** ***** ***** - *** ***** *********** Or *****?

** *** *** *********'* **** *** ****-**** ******** ******* ***** use, ** ****** ********** **-******-** ***, ******* ** ******* ***** **** *** **/* ********* ** multiple ****** *** ** ***:

  • *** **** ****-**** ****** ** ******* ****** ******** ********?
  • *** ** ******** **** ** **********, ***** ****, ***. ****** this ***********?
  • *** **** ****** ** *** *** ****** **** ** **** performance?
  • *** **** *** *** ***** ** ** ***** ****? *** there ****** **** ***** **** ** **** **********?

[***************]

*******

** *** *****, **** ****** ******** ******* *********'* ******* ****-**** specs *** *** ****** ******* ** ******* ******** **** *** Mb/s *********. ********** ***** ****** ******** (******** *******, **** *********, and *******) *** ***** ******** ********** ** ***, ***, *** memory *****.

*******, ** *** ** **** ****** ** *** **-**** ******, with ** ****** ***** *** ***** **, ** **** ** recording, ******* ******, ** ***** ****** ***** ***** ******** *** NVR *** **********, **** *** ****** ** **** **** * week ** *******.

Key ********

**** *** *** *** ******** **** **** ****:

  • ******** ****** ******* ******:** *** ***** ** *********** ******** ****-**** ******, **** ******* freezing, **** *******, *** ********* ******, ***** *** *** **** related ** ********** ******, ****** ** ******* ******, ** **********, instead ********* ******.
  • ********** ****** *****:************, ****-**** ************ ******* ********, ********* **** ********** ** **** full ********** ******* ** *** ******* *** ********* **** ****** viewing ******** ******* ****.
  • ****** *** **** ****** ******:*** **** ******* ** ******* ****** **** ~*-*% ** **** end ******** ** **** **-**% ** ****** ** ******* ****** meeting *********'* ******* ****** ************.
  • ****** ****** ***** ******:** ********, ****** ***** *** ********** ****** ****** *** ******** tested, ***** ***** ***-*,*** ** *** **** ******* ** *******.
  • ** ***** *** ** *** ** ******:****** ****-****, ** *** **** ** *** ***** ****** **** viewing *** ******* ******* ** *** ***.
  • ** ********* ******:** ***** ** ******* ******, **** ** *********, ****** *******, or ***** ****** ** ******** ***** ***** *** ***** **** NVRs ***** ***** ******* ********** *****, ******* *** *** ********* and ******* **** *** *** ********** ************** (*******/*******).

iVMS ****** ****** ************

** ****** ****-**** ** ******** ****** ********, **** ********* ***, memory, *** *** ***** ** *** *** ** ********* ** various ********. *** *** **** ******* *** ****** ******** ** Windows ** ************.

**** **** *** **** *** ******* ****** **************'* "**** ***********" ***** *** ****, *** *** *** *** ******* ******* *** *******. **** note **** ********* ***** ********* ****** ************ *** **** ** different *********, *************** **** * ******* ** ** ******** ***. *** ****** requirements ***** ** ******* ******** **** ** ** ****, *** ** ***** ** *** confusion, ** ********* ********** ********* *******.

Beware: ******** **** *******

********* **** *** ******* ***** ******** ***** *** ********* ** iVMS, **** ********** ***** ** ******** *** ****** ***** ** their *************. *******, ** **** ****** **** ** ********* **** him ****** ***** *** *** *********, ******* **** **** *** load, ****** ********, *** ***** ******. ***** ****** ******* ***** selected ******** **** ** ********* **** ********* *******.

CPU **** **********

** *** *****, *** **** ****** ******, **** * *** of ~*% ****** *** ***, *** ****** ** *** **** spec ******* ** **%+ ** *****/**** ****** ** *** *** end *******.

*** **** ****** **** ********** *** ********* ** *****, **** the *** ***** ******* **** **** ********, ***** *** *** end ******* ******* *** *** *****. ** ********, *** **** end ******* **** **** **** ~*% ** ~*%.

Periodic ****** ******

****** *******, ** *** ********** ***** ****** **** ******* ******* with ****-****.

*********/***** "******** **"

**** ********, ***** ******** *** ******** ******* ** ****, **** "caught **" *******, ********** **** ***** ** **** **** ****** speed, ***** *****:

**** ***** ******** ********** ** ****** ********, ********* ******* ***** used, ** ******* **********.

******** *******

******, ******* ************ *****, ********* *** * *** *******, ****** unfreezing *** ********** **** ***** **** *****. **** ** **** in *** ******* *****, ********* ***** ****** * *** *******.

**** *******

*******, ** ************ *********** **** **** ******* ****** *******, **** some ******* ** ** ** ******* ** ** **** ** a ****** ****** **** ****. **** ***** ******, **** *** not ********* ** ********** ** ****** ** *** ******, *** to *********/******* ******* ***** ****.

** *** ******* *****, *** ****** ** *** ***** ** nearly * **** ****** ****** *** ****** ** *** ****, displaying *** ******* ****.

Client *******

****** *******, ** **** *********** ******* ************ (***** *****). ***** occurred **** *** ****** *** ****, **** ******* ******** ******* with ** ***** ********* (***** *****), ** **** ********** ** use **** ********** ****** *** *** *******. ***** ******* **** less ********, *** ***** ******* ** ******* ******** ** *** client (*.*.*.*), *** **** ****** ** ***** ********.

No ****** ** ***** **

****** *******, ** **** ************ ******* ***** ** *** **** local ********* *** *** ****** ******* **** ** ******** *****, but *** ****. *** *******, ** **** ****, *** ** cameras **** ******* ***** ** ******* **** ********* ** ~*** Mb/s:

No ******* ******/********* ****/***** ******

****** *** *****, ** *** ** ****** **** ******* ******, streams ******** **, **** ** *********, ** ***** ****** ***** could ******** *** *** ** **********. *** ** ******* ******** without *****, **** ** **** ** *** ********, ******* ******** bandwidth **** *** **** *** (*** **/*) *** *-* ******* viewing **** ***** ***/** ********.

*** *******, *** ******** ***** ** *****, **** ** ****, and ** **** ***** ** ***** ****** ** ********.

Test *****

** ****** **** ***** * **-******-** ** ******* ***, ***** loaded **** ** *******. ******* **** *** ** *****, ** FPS, **** ******* ***** ******** ********* ** ********** *****:

  • ***/*** ******:*** *** ****** *** ********* ******, ******* **** *** ** VBR, ~**-***, *** ******* ******* ** ********* ********.
  • *****/**** ******:** ***** ** ***** *** ***'* *** ********** ***** (*** Mb/s), ** *** ******* ** *** ** ******* **** ****** bitrates. ** ***** * ** ***** *** **** **** ** create **** ****** ** ******.

** *** **** *** ****** ***** ******* **** *******/*********** *******, with ** ***** ***** ********* ************ ******* ** *** *******. All ******* ******* *** *** ******* **** ******* ***** ** testing.

Versions ****

** ****** ***** *** ********* ******* ** ********/********:

  • ********* **-******-**:**.*.** ***** ******
  • ****-**** *******:**.*.*.* ***** ********
  • ****-**** *** ***:**.**.**.**

Comments (28)

* **** *********** ******* ****** ** ****, ****** *** ******* the ****** ******* ** *** ******* ** *** *****. ****-**** seems ** ** * ******** ***. ** **** **** *** not ******* ********* **** *********** ***** **'* **** ** **** ninety ****....

**** **** *** ****** **** *** * *** *.***/*.***, ***** or ***?

*.***, ***** *** **/*** ********* ** *** ******* ** **** looking ***. *** **** ****, ** *** ***. *** ****** loads ** *** **.

*** *** *** *** **** **** ******* ** *** ***?

***** ** * *** ****** **** **** ** **'* * software **************, *** **** ****** *** ******* **********. * **** across * *** ** ****** **** *** **** ********** ****.

******:

* **** ****** ******** ** *** **** ********* **** **** say ****, **** *****/* ** *****/* ** ******** ***** *** on *********** * **% **** *** ********.

* ***** **** ******* ******* **** ***** ** *** ***** of *** ***** **** ****** * *********** *********** ** **********! not * ********..

** ***** **** ***** *** * **** **********, ****** **** are ***** ** *** * *** ************ *** **** * X399 ******* *** * **** **** *************!

* ****** ** **** *** ** ******* ** *** **** differences ** ***** ** ******** ************ ** **** ** ***** quality *********** ** *** ******* *** *** *******.

* *** ** *** *** * ******** ******* ******* ** iVMS **** ****. *** ** ******* ****** *** *** * channels. *** ** ***** *** ** ******* *** ** ********.

*****, ***** *** *** ********** **** ****** ** *****. ** confirmed * *** ** ** *** ***********. *'* **** ** further ******* * ****** ** ****** ****** **** * **** come ** **. ** ***** **** *** **** *********** ****** are ** ***** ****** **** *******; ********* ***** ** **** smoothly.

*. ***** *** ********* * ***** **** *** *** ** but **** ****, **** *** **** ******* ******** ** *** cameras *** **** ****, ********* *** ***, *** *** ** that **** * **********? (* ****** ** ********** **** **** when ***** ** *** ****** **** **** ********** ** **** mounted ********). ** ********** *** **** ** ****'* **** ** lock **.

*. *** **** *** ******** ******** **** *******. ***** ********** multiple ******** *** * **** ***** **** **** ******* ****** than ******* *** **** **** ******* * ******* ** ******* IVMS?

*. * *****'* ******* **** *** ***** ******* **** ** the "*****" **-***" ***'* *** **** ****** ** ****** ** the ** ***'*. ***** ****** ***** *** **** *****, ** it's ********* ** ** ***. *** ********?

****** *****

*** **** **** ********. *** ** ******* ** ***** ****:

*. ***** *** ********* * ***** **** *** *** ** but **** ****, **** *** **** ******* ******** ** *** cameras *** **** ****, ********* *** ***, *** *** ** that **** * **********? (* ****** ** ********** **** **** when ***** ** *** ****** **** **** ********** ** **** mounted ********). ** ********** *** **** ** ****'* **** ** lock **.

**'** ***** ** *** **** *** *******. ** **** ** set **** ****** ** ** *** ** ***** *** **'** report **** *****.

*. *** **** *** ******** ******** **** *******. ***** ********** multiple ******** *** * **** ***** **** **** ******* ****** than ******* *** **** **** ******* * ******* ** ******* IVMS?

**'* ********. ** ****'* *** ****** ** *** ***** ********* of *** *** **** ** *** ** ****. ** *******, freezing, ***.

*. * *****'* ******* **** *** ***** ******* **** ** the "*****" **-***" ***'* *** **** ****** ** ****** ** the ** ***'*. ***** ****** ***** *** **** *****, ** it's ********* ** ** ***. *** ********?

*'* *** ******* **** *** **** **. ***** *** ****** hardware *********** ***** ****** ****. ** *** ** "******" ** encode *** *** ******* *** ** ********* ******** **** ** is ** ***** ** *******. ** **** **** *** ******* coming ** *** ** **** **** **** **** ****.

**** *** ***** *** *** *** **** **** *****?

******* ***** * **** ***** *** *** *** ******* ****** for **** ******* (**** **** ** ******* ****)

******, *** ****** :) ***** ** *** **** ****?

**

**'** ************ ***** ****** **** **** **** ***. *** ***** is ***** *** ********* **** ****-** *** *** ****** *** perform ********* ****. **** **** ** ****** ********.

******* ***** ** **** *** **** ******* ***** ** **** 4200.. ** *** **** ******* *****, **** **** ** **** all *** ***** ***** ** *** **** ****. **** ** least, ***** *** **** *** ** * ***** *** ***** crash ******* *** ***-******* ********** ***.

***** ** ** ****, ** *** ******* ******* *** * better *** **** ***. *** **** *****'* **** ** ** widely ********* ** *** **.

** ***** ** **** ** *** ***** ******* (*********, *****, etc...) ***** ******* ***' **** ** * ****** ******* . IOW **** ****** ***** ********* ************ *** *** *** ******** and ****** ***** *** *** **********, *********, *** .. *** usual *** ***** :)

****** **** *** ********** ****** ******* - **** ******** *** issue **** *** ******** ** ****** ***** - *** ** still ********.

***** ******** ******** ** *** **** ** ************* **** ** digital **** *** ****** ** ****** ** ****** ***** ** order ** **** ******** **** *******.

******** *** **** **** ******* ******** ****** **** *** *** make *** ** *** ********* *******, **'** *** ********* ****** results ***** *** ********* **-******* **** ********. **** ** **** the ***** **** ******* ** ****** ** **** ***** ****** with ******** ** ** *** ***** ****.

**** ** *** ******** ******** *** *** **** * ***** front *** **** ******* ***** ** *** ****.

** ***** ** **** ** *** **** *** ******** **** combination ** *** *** **** *** **** *** *********** *** do ** *********, ** **'* * ****** ******** *** **** others ***'* *** ***** **, ** ***** ** ********.

*****, ** *** ***** **** **** ***** ** ***** ** nice ** **** *** **** *** ** ******* **** **** doing *** ***** *******. * ** **** *** **** * copy ** **** *** ****.

**** **** *** ***** **** ** * ******* ** ****** or *** * ****** **** ** *** ****.

* ****** ** ******* ******* *****

****'* *** * ****** **** ******* *** * ******'* **** the **** ********* ***** ***** **** ******* – ******* *** GPU **** **** ********* ***** ** ********* **********.

*************** *** *** ******* ****: *** ****** ******** **** **** setup *** *** **** *** "** ***** *****". ******** ***** names, ** ******* *** *****, *******' ********, ***. **** ***'* hw *****, ************ ** *** ***** ** ******** ******* ****. Those **** ** ** *** ******* *** *** ***'* **** to ****** *** *****.

**, * ****** *** ****** ******* ** ****-**** ** ** PC, ***** ** **-****/****/**** ****** ***/****** *** **** ***, ******* drivers, ******* *******. ***-* *.*.*.

****** ** *******, **** ** ***** *** * ***, **** mix ** **** *** * *** ** ****. *** **** jumped **% ** (*************.***), *** **** **%, *** ***** ** close ** *****, **** ***** ** ***** ** *%, ******* load *-** ****. **** ****** ************ *** ***** ****** **** movement *** **** ** *** *******. ****** ** ******* ****** artifacts.

***** ****, * ******** **** **** ** ******* ******. **** became ***** **********: ** ********, ** *********, ** ***** ***** or *******. *** *** ******* **** *** ****, ****** *** load - ******* ******* **** **** *-**% ** *** *** time.

***** *** ****** ******* (** ****) *** **** **** (** cams). **** ****** ****, **** ******* ** * *** **** 36 *******.

****** *** **** ****** ** ******* (**) *** ********* *** view **** ** ** ** ***** ********* ** ******* *******, so ** ******** **** *** **** (**% - **% ****). Adding ******* ** ***** **** ***** **** ********* **** *** not ******. **********, *****'* * ******* **** * ******** ************.

****** ************* – ***** – ******** ******** ********* ******* ***** no ********** ** *** ** ********** ****.

* **** ** *** **** **** *******: ***'* *** **** and **** ******, ******* *** *********** **** **** ** *** performance ** *** * ********** (** ** ** **** *** 7X16 ***), *** *** *********** *** *** ****+ ** *** access ***** ********.

****'* *** * ****** **** ******* *** * ******'* **** the **** ********* ***** ***** **** ******* – ******* *** GPU **** **** ********* ***** ** ********* **********.

*************** *** *** ******* ****: *** ****** ******** **** **** setup *** *** **** *** "** ***** *****". ******** ***** names, ** ******* *** *****, *******' ********, ***. **** ***'* hw *****, ************ ** *** ***** ** ******** ******* ****.

******, *** *** **** *** **** *** ******* **** *** were ******* *** *** ********* “**** ********* *****”?

** ****** **** ***** *DS-9632NI-I8 ** channel NVR, fully loaded with 32 cameras. Cameras were set to 1080p, 30 FPS, with varying codec settings depending on throughput level:

***/*** ******: *** *** ****** *** ********* ******, ******* **** set ** ***, ~**-***, *** ******* ******* ** ********* ********.
*****/**** ******: ** ***** ** ***** *** ***'* *** ********** specs (*** **/*), ** *** ******* ** *** ** ******* much ****** ********. ** ***** * ** ***** *** **** used ** ****** **** ****** ** ******.
** *** **** *** ****** ***** ******* **** *******/*********** *******, with ** ***** ***** ********* ************ ******* ** *** *******. All ******* ******* *** *** ******* **** ******* ***** ** testing.

** ****** ***** *** ********* ******* ** ********/********:

Hikvision **-******-**: **.*.** ***** ******

**** (***?) ***** * **** ** **, *** *** ** see ** **** *** *******? ***** *** *** *** ***/*** load ******** **** ********* ****** ****, ******* *** ****** **** 4, *, **, **, ** *******? ********* ******* *****? ****'* why * ******* ** *** ******** ******** *******. **** ***** post ************* ******** **** **** ** *********** - ****** *** diagrams.

*** ****:

...*** ****** ******** **** **** ***** ***not **** *** "** ***** *****". Hardware model names, OS version and build, drivers' versions, etc.

***** *** ****** *** ****** ** **** ****. *****?

**** ** **** *****, *********?

**** ** **** *****, *********?

**** *** ******* ******* **** *** **** ***** *** **** described ** “** ***** *****”.

***, * *********** ** ******* ** **** *** **** ** information

*********** ** *******

*** ***** ************ ** *******, *** ***'* **** ** **** it **, ********** **** ** ********, ** * ******** *** you? ****'* ***** * ******.

********, **** ** *** ***** ** **** ************* ****? ** both ***** **** ******** **** ** *** * ******* *** the ********* **** ***, ** *** ****** **** ***** *** issues, ** ** ******** *******.

**** *** *** ***** ** ** ** ********** **** ** every ****-**** ************* ** ***** ******** ***********. ** *** ***** to ****** * ******** ***** ******** ***** ** ***********, ***** is ******* ****-**** ***/** *** ********* **** ***** ***** ****. **** ** *** ** ****** **** ** ******* *** bandwidth ******* *** *****.

********, ** *** *** ******** ** ** * ***'* ******** style **** **** ** ********* **** ******. ** *** ******** to **** *** ********* ******* ** **** **** ** *** client *** ***, ***** ** *** ***** *** **** **** examples ******* ***** ****** **** ************ **********. ************ ***'* **** average ***** ****'* ***** ** ****** **** ***** ****** **** high ****.

**, ***** ***** ***. *** ***'* ** ******** ** ****** to ** ********* ******** ***** ****, *************, ***.? **'* **** with *** - **** *** **** ********* *** *** **** power. *** **** **'* ***** *** *** ********, ** **** a ******** ** **** * ********.

*** *** *** ******** **** * ****** **** ***** ** a ****** ***** *** ** ** *** ****** ***** **** for **/* *****.

* ******** ********* **** ** * ******** *** ** *********** of *** ****-****. ** ***** ****, * *** * ****** i7 ********* *** *** ****** ** *** *** ************ *******/******** and ********. *** ** ****** ****** ****. *** ******* **** Hikvision *** (********* ***** ****/*****) *** ******* *******. **** ********* issues ** ** ****** **. ****** *******!!

****-**** ** ****. ** *** **** ***** **** ******, *'* go **** ********* ********. *** *** *** *******, *'* *** Hikcentral ** ********* ***** *** ***** ** ********** ** *** whole **** ********.

* **** *** ****** **** ****** *** *** **** *** above * **** *** **** ***. ******** **** ** * 3ghz+ ** ***** ***** ** ******

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on Bandwidth

Testing Bandwidth Vs. Low Light on Jan 16, 2019
Nighttime bandwidth spikes are a major concern in video surveillance. Many calculate bandwidth as a single 24/7 number, but bit rates vary...
Winter 2019 IP Networking Course on Jan 10, 2019
Today is the last day to register for the Winter 2019 IP Networking course. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video...
Managed Video Services UL 827B Examined on Jan 09, 2019
Historically, UL listings for central stations have been important, with UL 827 having widespread support. However, few central stations have...
H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial on Jan 08, 2019
H.265 support improved significantly in 2018, with H.265 camera/VMS compatibility increased compared to only a year ago, and most manufacturers...
Surveillance Codec Guide on Jan 03, 2019
Codecs are core to surveillance, with names like H.264, H.265, and MJPEG commonly cited. How do they work? Why should you use them? What issues may...
Camera Course January 2019 on Jan 03, 2019
This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology testing. Lots of manufacturer training exists...
The Battle For The VSaaS Market Begins 2019 - Alarm.com, Arcules, Eagle Eye, OpenEye, Qumulex, Verkada, More on Jan 02, 2019
2019 will be the year that VSaaS finally becomes a real factor for professional video surveillance. While Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS)...
8MP / 4K Fixed Lens Camera Shootout - Dahua, Hikvision, TVT, Uniview on Dec 17, 2018
8MP / 4K fixed lens models are now common in lower cost lines, with nearly every Chinese brand and their OEMs now offering multiple options. To...
Ubiquiti $79 Flex IP Camera Tested on Dec 07, 2018
U.S. Manufacturer Ubiquiti has released a 1080p, integrated IR IP camera, selling it directly for $79, making this one of the least expensive IP...
Hanwha L Series Lowest-Cost Camera Tested on Dec 04, 2018
Hanwha has released their lowest-priced IP camera line ever, the L series, that competes on price with low cost competitors Dahua and...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Cable Trenching for Surveillance on Jan 21, 2019
Trenching cable for surveillance is surprisingly complex. While using shovels, picks, and hoes is not advanced technology, the proper planning,...
Milestone Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 21, 2019
Milestone's favorability moderately strengthed, in new IPVM integrator statistics over their results from 2016. While the industry has been...
Intersec 2019 Live Day 1 - Massive China Presence on Jan 21, 2019
There’s a massive presence from Chinese or China-focused video surveillance firms, chiefly Hikvision, Dahua, Huawei, and Infinova, at...
The IP Camera Lock-In Trend: Meraki and Verkada on Jan 18, 2019
Open systems and interoperability have not only been big buzzwords over the past decade, but they have also become core features of video...
NYPD Refutes False SCMP Hikvision Story on Jan 18, 2019
The NYPD has refuted the SCMP Hikvision story, the Voice of America has reported. On January 11, 2018, the SCMP alleged that the NYPD was using...
Mobile Surveillance Trailers Guide on Jan 17, 2019
Putting cameras in a place for temporary surveillance where power and communications are not readily available can be complicated and expensive....
Exacq Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 17, 2019
Exacq favorability amongst integrators has declined sharply, in new IPVM statistics, compared to 2017 IPVM statistics for Exacq. Now, over 5 since...
Testing Bandwidth Vs. Low Light on Jan 16, 2019
Nighttime bandwidth spikes are a major concern in video surveillance. Many calculate bandwidth as a single 24/7 number, but bit rates vary...
Access Control Records Maintenance Guide on Jan 16, 2019
Weeding out old entries, turning off unused credentials, and updating who carries which credentials is as important as to maintaining security as...
UK Fines Security Firms For Illegal Direct Marketing on Jan 16, 2019
Two UK security firms have paid over $200,000 in fines for illegally making hundreds of thousands of calls to people registered on a government...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact