The manufacturer QNAP has launched new rack-type NAS servers that have a very interesting feature, and that is that these new models are specifically designed for very shallow racks, making it ideal for those racks that are small and shallow. which are usually in offices or small businesses. New models available in the TS-X64eU family are the 4-bay TS-464eU, the 8-bay TS-864eU for drives, and the 8-bay TS-864eU-RP with redundant power (dual power supplies). Do you want to know all the features of these new high-performance NAS servers?
These new NAS servers are very similar to those of the TS-X64U series, in fact, they have the same hardware and technical characteristics, but these new ones have a much smaller size in terms of depth, since horizontally they have to comply with the standard size of any 19” rack, and the height is 1U for the four-drive version, 2U for the 8-drive version.
These new NAS are aimed at offices and small businesses where we have a small rack to store a router, some switches and also this NAS server to provide network storage.
Processor and RAM
All the new NAS of this family have the processor Intel Celeron N5105/N5095, it is a Quad-Core at a speed of 2.0GHz but it goes up to a speed of 2.9GHz when higher performance is required, but only in one core. The “Turbo” mode allows to increase up to 2.6GHz in all its cores to provide higher performance at a certain time.
These processors have AES-NI hardware encryption acceleration, this feature today is essential to use encrypted volumes or encrypted folders, since we will have the same reading and writing performance as if they were not encrypted. In addition, something very important is that it also affects the transfer speed of secure transfer protocols such as FTPES based on FTP but with TLS, and also SFTP that is based on SSH, in this way, we can achieve the best performance in any circumstance. Another very important feature is that it has hardware video transcodingThanks to the addition of the Intel UHD Graphics graphics card that is integrated into the processor, this is ideal for transcoding with Plex or other programs.
Refering to RAM of this NAS serverwe have a 4GB DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM module, but it can be expanded up to 16GB with two 8GB DDR4 SO-DIMM modules each, in this way, we will be able to virtualize operating systems, host Docker containers and much more .
In this new family of NAS we have three different models, the first of them is the TS-464eU which has a total of 4 disk bays, the TS-864eU and the TS-864eU-RP model have a total of 8 bays to host hard drives inside. These bays are compatible with 3.5” hard drives and also 2.5” hard drives or SSDs. All data interfaces are SATA3.
A very important detail is that the TS-464eU model has M.2 slots for NVMe SSDs, specifically it has a total of two M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3 x1 slots to use it as SSD cache or to use it as a storage array with all SSD . Thanks to this additional storage, we will be able to optimize the reading and writing of all the data to the NAS server. The other two models (TS-864eU and TS-864eU-RP) in the family do not have this feature.
These new NAS servers from the manufacturer QNAP have the following connectivity:
- 2 2.5G Multigigabit ports, these two ports support Jumbo Frames at 9K.
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports at 10Gbps type A, we can make really fast backups with this type of connectivity.
- HDMI 1.4b output with a resolution of 4K at 60Hz.
The TS-464eU model does not have a PCIe slot, so we will not be able to expand its possibilities by installing a QM2 card from the manufacturer QNAP. The TS-864eU and TS-864eU-RP models do incorporate a PCIe 3.0 x2 port to expand their possibilities with expansion cards.
The four-bay NAS server has a 1U rackmount format, in the case of the eight-bay models we have a 2U rackmount format. However, the most remarkable thing is the depth of these new NAS servers, which is really small. Next, we are going to give you the dimensions of these new shallow NAS and the TS-464U that have standard depth.
- TS-464U: 43.3 × 482.6 × 483.9 mm (height, width, depth) with a weight of 6.6Kg without discs.
- TS-464eU: 43.3 × 482.6 × 321.33 mm (height, width, depth) with a weight of 4.35Kg without discs.
As you can see, we have 16cm less between the “normal” model and the shallow one.
The dimensions of the other two models are:
- TS-864eU: 88.6 × 482.14 × 318.13 mm (height, width, depth) with a weight of 6.8 kg without discs.
- TS-864eU-RP: 88.6 × 482.14 × 346.43 (height, width, depth) with a weight of 7.9Kg without discs.
All models have a 300W power supply, except for the dual power supply version which has two 300W supplies for redundancy.
As you have seen, these new NAS are quite interesting for small and medium-sized businesses, although we miss that they have not incorporated 10G connectivity or more PCIe 3.0 ports available to expand the possibilities of the NAS.