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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

QNAP’s HS-453DX two-bay NAS field weighs in at a hefty $699 MSRP with out drives, nevertheless it’s a multimedia beast that won’t simplest movement information, however play them immediately onto your show or TV by the use of HDMI. Throw in a tiered SSD/HDD construction and 10-gigabit ethernet, and the cost begins to make sense, although it stays formidable to the typical consumer. Additionally difficult will also be the configuration. But when the cost and setup don’t segment you, you’ll like this field.

Design and specifications

The HS-453DX, like its HS-251 predecessors, seems to be extra like a cable field than your conventional NAS tool. In large part as a result of its two three.Five-inch power bays are laid out horizontally, moderately than in the standard vertical association. The unit may be fan-less which makes it very, very quiet. It could actually additionally make it very popular, relying on utilization and what you employ for garage: SSDs or laborious drives. Because the brushed-metal best of the unit serves as a warmth sink, with a minimum of some air waft within the house, thermal issues will have to now not happen. 

The HS-453DX is in reality a four-drive unit if you happen to rely the 2 M.2 slots supporting SATA 6Gbps SSDs. The SSDs can be utilized for caching, or as standard volumes. The slots are accessed by means of disposing of the to best/quilt, which is secured by means of seven quick screws accessed from the ground of the unit.

Tip: You don’t want to take away the screws completely. Should you’re delicate, you’ll stand the unit upright and upload a power with out ever having the screws fall out, after which lay it back off and re-tighten them. 

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The port array at the again of the HS-453DX seems to be extra like what you’d to find on a sensible TV than a NAS field’s.

Two ethernet ports are at the again of the unit, the second one of which helps 10-gigabit ethernet (that drops to two.5Gbps if you happen to’re the usage of not up to CAT7 cable). There also are two USB 2.zero ports, two Sort-A USB three.zero ports, and a unmarried Sort-C USB three.zero port. Multimedia I/O is supported by means of two three.5mm analog audio inputs and a three.5mm audio output, plus two HDMI 2.zero ports that fortify video answer as much as (3840 x 2160 pixels at a 60Hz refresh reate).

The HS-453DX is wider than the HS-251 that I’m used to—just about 16 inches versus slightly below 12 inches. Each the HS-251 and HS-453DX are about nine inches deep and rather less than 2 inches tall. 

In contrast to the in large part black HS-251, the HS-453DX is finished up in white and the aforementioned brushed metallic. Individually, I preferred the fewer glaring glance of the older devices, in addition to the on/off button placement at the again. You should take away the magnetically connected entrance quilt from the HS-453DX to get admission to its on/off transfer. In most cases, this isn’t a subject matter, however I used to be by no means ready to get the field to energy up on a time table. The HS-251 once in a while suffers this factor as smartly.

The HS-453DX is powered by means of an Intel Celeron J4105 quad-core processor 1.5GHz (with burst speeds as much as 2.5GHz), which is in flip fed by means of both 4GB or 8GB of DDR4 reminiscence relying at the configuration you order. The SODIMM slots, just like the M.2 slots also are obtainable with the highest quilt off. 

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If this seems like the interior of a PC to you, it’s. NAS packing containers are mainly PCs with out peripherals operating a server OS. Connect a show, keyboard and mouse, and there you pass.

Efficiency

I examined the HS-453DX in 3 other configurations: with two 16TB Seagate IronWolf laborious drives reflected in RAID 1; that setup with a Samsung 850 EVO SSD within the first M.2 slot set to cache the entirety; after which with two 1TB 2.Five-inch SATA SSDs operating in RAID zero to look simply how briskly the field may pass.

I hooked up from the HS-453DX’s Aquantia AQC107 NBase-T/IEEE 802.3bz port immediately to an Intel 540-T1 single-port 10GbE adapter card on our testbed and ran CrystalDiskMark 6. I additionally ran CDM6 on my place of work gigabit community, however simplest with the apparent reflected laborious power setup because it nonetheless quicker than a unmarried gigabit connection can deal with.

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10GbE indisputably will increase sustained throughput, however we didn’t see the huge development with SSDs that we had been anticipating. 

It was once no surprise that 10GbE greater than doubled the sustained throughput of 1GbE, however I used to be shocked that the striped SSDs (RAID zero) weren’t quicker. I’ve noticed 900MBps transfers with SATA SSDs in RAID zero (by the use of USB three.x Gen 2) and was once anticipating, if now not that, undoubtedly greater than the 380MBps I noticed. 

380MBps will nonetheless ship much more high-definition video than the 118MBps sustained switch fee unmarried gigabit connection maxes out at, however nonetheless. After all, you wish to have 10GbE apparatus, which stays fairly pricey consistent with port, and isn’t readily to be had in person grade community equipment. A tight 10BASE-T (RJ45) transfer prices round $500.

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