QNAP TS-473-4G-US 4-Bay NAS/iSCSI IP-SAN, AMD R Series Quad-core 2.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 10G-Ready
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- AMD RX-421ND 2.1~3.4 GHz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 4x 2.5"/3.5" + 2x M.2 2280/2260 SATA 6Gb/s drives, 4x GbE LAN, optional 10GbE PCIe expansion
- Two PCIe Gen3 x4 slots support QM2 cards, 10GbE adapters, or wireless network cards
- Supports the NVIDIA GeForce GT1030 graphics card, allowing for 4K video transcoding and output
- Dual M.2 SATA 6 Gb/s SSD slots allow for setting up caching or storage pools, improving file access efficiency
- Qtier auto-tiering technology and SSD caching enable 24/7 optimized storage efficiency
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The TS-473 is powered by a high-performance and energy-efficient AMD R-Series CPU and provides two PCIe slots for greater functionality. You can install a QNAP QM2 expansion card to add M.2 SSD caching/10GbE connectivity; a compatible wireless card to use the TS-473 as a wireless access point; and an entry-level graphics card (for example: NVIDIA GeForce GT1030) to boost system performance for 4K video performance. The TS-473 allows you to flexibly deploy a wide range of applications with a more affordable budget.
The TS-x73 Series features a pair of PCIe (Gen3 x4) slots, allowing for installing optional single/dual-port 10GbE NICs to accelerate applications that demand higher bandwidth.
The TS-x73 Series features SSD caching, including M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSDs to boosts overall system performance, and improving the overall workflow of demanding applications such as virtualization.
Powerful AMD R-Series NAS
The TS-x73 series is powered by a high-performance and energy-efficient AMD R-Series CPU and provides two PCIe slots for greater functionality. You can install a QNAP QM2 expansion card to add M.2 SSD caching/10GbE connectivity; a compatible wireless card to use the TS-x73 series as a wireless access point; and an entry-level graphics card to boost system performance for 4K video. The TS-x73 series allows you to flexibly deploy a wide range of applications with a more affordable budget.
- AMD R-Series RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz processor, Turbo Core up to 3.4 Ghz.
- 4G/8G DDR4 RAM (64GB max).
- 2 x M.2 SATA slots.
- 2 x PCIe 3.0 x 4.
- USB one-touch-copy.
|TS-x73 Series||TVS-x73e Series||TS-963X||TVS-x82 Series|
|CPU||AMD R-Series RX-421ND||AMD R-Series RX-421 BD||AMD G-Series GX-420MC||Intel Core i3-7100 / Intel Core i5-7500 / Intel Core i7-7700|
|RAM||4GB / 8GB DDR4 (max 64GB)||4GB / 8GB DDR4 (max 64GB)||2GB / 8GB DDR3L (max 16GB)||8GB / 16GB / 32GB / 64 GB DDR4 (max 64GB)|
|10GbE||Optional via PCIe expansion||Optional via PCIe expansion||1 x 10GBASE-T||Optional via PCIe expansion|
|PCIe Slots||2 x PCIe Gen 3 x 4||2 x PCIe Gen 3 x 4||-||3 (1 x PCIe Gen 3 x 8)|
|M.2 Slots||2 x M.2 SATA||2 x M.2 SATA||-||2 x M.2 SATA|
|Hardware Transcoding||Optional via graphics card installation||✓||-||✓|
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QNAP continues to upgrade their firmware, so features such as backups, snapshot backups, etc… continue to improve. I liked that I could dedicate a solid state drive to virtualization. The RAID 6 with hot spares is fantastic. It can email you when there is a problem, etc.
This is the most full featured NAS I have used. It is great for home and small businesses as a file server. Everyone I have recommended it to has been pleased.
More recently, I installed Plex Server on my QNAP (installed as a QPKG – is simple point and click). Then, I pointed it to my movie directly. Plex grabbed the name of all my movies and looked up the movie posters. It did get some wrong, but they can be manually corrected. I was then able to install Plex (the viewer) on my Apple TV and have a very selection screen in which we could watch our movie library. I did have to re-install Plex at one time and that caused me to have to re-name the movies (again) that were named incorrectly. QNAP would have helped with this via a tech support call, but it was a weekend and I didn’t want to bother. Overall, these are great servers.
You may want to try to save a little money by upgrading the memory yourself. If so, be sure to check out the models to see which one’s allow for memory upgrades as not all of them do.
For a home NAS, I wouldn't use anything else. For a business NAS, QNAP is worth a look! Great for movies too!
Also, I am aware that someone could do much better price was if they wanted to build their own box and running something like FreeNAS on it. I just wanted something that was basically a plug and play solution that was easy to setup out of the box.
Unlike the Synology 1812+ (an older Synology that I have), this QNAP is more expensive, has a lot more processing power, and a ton more RAM.
Frankly, for home use, this unit is overkill and is more suited to an SMB environment with virtualization features not available on the older Synology 1812. From a power (and price) perspective, this QNAP with i7/16GB outclasses the current Synology 1815+ by a wide margin as well.
The Synology is fine for most NAS functions, but I had one glaring problem with the Synology 1812 that forever plagued me: The inability to properly run Plex server as Plex is such a power hog. Until I found this QNAP, I was running Plex for a couple of years on my computer since the Synology was not able to handle it. Let me correct that a bit. The Synology COULD run Plex server, but unfortunately, only up to a certain number of videos. Beyond something like 200 videos, Plex quickly began to have problems.
The QNAP, after uploading my entire library and refreshing the Plex library, can run everything smoothly and without any issue at all. Part of this may be due to improvements in Plex for NAS environments. But part of it is the sheer processing power and RAM of this QNAP device.
I do plan to run a CRM on it as well, and also plan to use myQNAPcloud, which will allow simpler access to my QNAP files without futzing with port forwarding, adjustments on my firewall setup, or the need for DDNS. There are a few CRM tools available to download to the QNAP, so I haven't decided on which to finalize on, but having access to it on my server will make life a little simpler.
Another nice feature distinguishing this model of the QNAP vs. the Synology 1812+ is the small screen on the unit itself. I can make adjustments and get networking information directly on the QNAP without having to run a serial cable, and that's a pretty powerful advantage.
Finally, while I've never had any problems, I have heard about some issues with the Synology during a recovery that caused folks to lose everything, and that has me worried enough that this QNAP unit will act as my primary unit while the Synology takes a back seat as a backup unit.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the purchase and if you plan on using NAS application services requiring more power and RAM, would recommend this unit for simplicity and power.