Unboxing this NAS server with QuTS Hero and ZFS

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This new collection of QNAP TS-X73A NAS servers consists of the 4-bay TS-473A, the 6-bay TS-673A and the 8-bay TS-873A to accommodate arduous drives or SSDs inside. Depending on the storage wants you’ve gotten, you should buy one model or one other, sure, all of them have precisely the identical technical traits by way of processor, RAM, Multigigabit connectivity, growth potentialities with PCIe slots, and many others. They are all precisely the identical aside from the variety of predominant bays, and additionally their dimension and weight, which logically modifications relying on the variety of bays we’ve out there.

Processor and RAM

The QNAP TS-473A server has a processor AMD Ryzen V1500B, a processor that has Four cores and Eight threads at a velocity of two.2GHz, additionally incorporates AES-NI {hardware} encryption acceleration, subsequently, we will switch knowledge at excessive velocity with safe protocols comparable to FTPES or SFTP amongst others, since we may even discover an amazing efficiency if we’ve encrypted inside disks or if we’ve particular encrypted folders. This processor doesn’t have a GPU, however we will set up a graphics card to this NAS server via one of many two PCIe 3.zero x4 ports that we’ve out there.

This processor isn’t essentially the most highly effective within the AMD Ryzen vary, however it is vitally balanced by way of worth and efficiency, as well as, it’s suitable with ECC RAM, that’s, RAM reminiscence with error correction, superb for utilizing the system QuTS Hero working with the ZFS file system.

This NAS server comes with 8GB of DDR4 ECC RAM by default, nonetheless, it may be expanded as much as 64GB RAM ECC (2 x 32GB configuration), because it incorporates a complete of two RAM slots, so we will set up two modules. Depending in your wants and the use you give the NAS server, you’ll be able to develop by an extra 8GB and have 16GB in complete capability which is greater than sufficient for all the pieces to work accurately, besides in the event you allow ZFS deduplication as a result of this does devour so much quantity of RAM.

Bays for arduous drives and SSDs

This new NAS server has a complete of Four bays to accommodate 3.5 ”arduous drives, however we will additionally set up 2.5 ”arduous drives or SSD drives in these bays to deal with the disks. In the case of putting in SSD drives, we will use them as knowledge storage, as SSD cache and at the same time as tiered storage with QNAP’s Qtier. Another essential function is that it permits the extraction of disks sizzling, in this means, we will insert or take away disks at any time when we wish with out having to show off the NAS server. There are NAS servers which have a system to keep away from opening the bays inadvertently, in this case, we’ve a key to dam the bays of the arduous drives, with the intention of not having the ability to unintentionally take away these drives, and keep away from the lack of knowledge.

Internally, this NAS server has 2 M.2 NVMe slots for putting in NVMe SSDs excessive efficiency and enormously speed up the general efficiency of the system, in this means, we will switch knowledge at excessive velocity thanks to those ultra-fast SSD drives. Logically, these NVMe SSD models don’t come with the NAS server, however they do come with small heatsinks that we will place simply above the SSD controller to be able to maintain it as chilly as attainable, and that we should not have a velocity drop attributable to extra temperature which is totally regular for these quick NVMe SSDs.


This NAS server has two 2.5G Multigigabit portsFurthermore, we will configure the working system with Link Aggregation to have as much as 5Gbps of bandwidth to switch knowledge at excessive velocity. In order to squeeze these 2.5G Multigigabit ports, it’s completely crucial that you just use unmanageable switches or manageable switches with Multigigabit ports, in any other case they may synchronize on the typical velocity of 1Gbps.

Regarding the USB ports, this QNAP TS-473A has One 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port on the entrance of the NAS, alongside with a fast copy button for backing up contained in the NAS server. We even have a complete of two 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports on the again of the NAS, and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps Type-C port. This NAS server is without doubt one of the most full by way of USB ports, because it incorporates the USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps ports, superb for squeezing to the utmost the brand new exterior drives with SSD.

This NAS server has two PCIe 3.zero x4 ports inside, to get to them we must take away the NAS server casing and even take away the facility provide, as soon as we get to its PCIe ports, we will click on on various kinds of growth playing cards that QNAP at the moment has:

  • Cards with 10G or 5G ports to switch knowledge over the native community at excessive velocity
  • QM2 playing cards with M.2 SATA3 or NVMe slots
  • QM2 playing cards with Multigigabit ports and M.2 SATA3 or NVMe slots
  • WiFi playing cards 6
  • Graphics card to have {hardware} video transcoding, as well as, an HDMI output could be added to this NAS. Not all graphics playing cards are supported, it’s essential to verify the compatibility of this NAS.

As you’ll be able to see, this NAS server on the {hardware} degree is absolutely full, above all it is vitally balanced.


What we appreciated essentially the most about this NAS server is that QNAP permits us to decide on between the QTS working system and the QuTS Hero. The QTS working system makes use of the EXT4 file system and the standard RAIDs, however the QuTS Hero working system has the ZFS file system which is essentially the most superior at the moment out there, and which is particularly designed to keep up the integrity of all knowledge. the very best. Thanks to the incorporation of ECC RAM reminiscence (with error correction) we can make use of ZFS and profit from all its potentialities:

  • Copy On Write
  • RAIDZ of various varieties, RAIDZ-1, RAIDZ-2 and RAIDZ-Three along with the standard “mirror” with a number of disks
  • Native deduplication (consumes great amount of RAM)
  • Real time compression
  • Other options like nearly limitless snapshots

Regarding the software program that we can set up on this working system, no matter whether or not you select QTS or QuTS Hero, it is possible for you to to make use of the SMB, FTP, FTPES, SFTP servers and all the extra software program that we will set up via the App Center, together with Virtualization Station and Container Station to configure completely different Docker and get essentially the most out of the {hardware}.

Unboxing and first impressions

In RedesZone we at the moment have in our take a look at laboratory the QNAP TS-473A NAS server with 8GB of RAM, a high-performance tools that’s already offering us with excellent efficiency, and we’ve a really balanced {hardware} with a superb working system comparable to QuTS Hero utilizing the ZFS file system. This NAS server is aimed each at dwelling customers who wish to have a high-performance however low-consumption server, and additionally for small and medium-sized firms, as a result of the chances of growth via growth playing cards are very quite a few, and it’s that we will set up as much as 2 growth playing cards via its PCIe 3.zero ports, along with having a considerable amount of storage because of its 4 bays to deal with arduous drives inside, and, after all, we should not overlook the 2 slots to put in SSD M .2 NVMe to make use of as an SSD cache.

The most placing factor about this new NAS server is the next:

  • High efficiency and low consumption AMD Ryzen processor, as well as, it has the potential of having as much as 64GB of RAM.
  • QTS or QuTS Hero working system, we will select when putting in it.
  • 2 slots to put in M.2 NVMe SSDs and speed up NAS efficiency, with out the necessity for an growth card.
  • 2 2.5G ports with Link Aggregation, that’s, we’ve Multigigabit community
  • Possibility of growth with PCIe 3.zero x4 playing cards, for instance, 10G playing cards, USB 3.2 Gen 2 or WiFi 6 amongst different choices.

In the next video you’ll be able to see intimately the unboxing and first impressions of the NAS QNAP TS-473A, we are going to clarify intimately all of the technical traits and potentialities of this server, you may also see the standard of the supplies, the bays to deal with the arduous drives , and we’re even going to point out you find out how to disassemble it to entry the inner parts to put in the NVMe M.2 SSD models inside, lastly, we are going to present you what we’ve to do to put in the growth playing cards in its PCIe 3.zero x4 ports as the facility provide should be quickly eliminated for clean entry and puncture of the cardboard.

Soon in RedesZone it is possible for you to to see the entire evaluation of this NAS server utilizing completely different configurations, utilizing completely different community protocols and additionally all of the configuration choices of the QuTS Hero working system, as a result of it’s the first time that we’ll take a look at this new working system with the system of ZFS recordsdata that QNAP has embedded.