QNAP TVS-951N 5Gbe Intel NAS for 2019 Revealed

The QNAP TVS-951N 5/9-Bay NAS featuring 10GBASE-T for the Home

QNAP NAS have really been busy in Q3 of 2019. Last week we saw the reveal of the new 5Gbe TVS-x72N series and now we have seen the reveal of a new 9-Bay (5 Hard Drive and 4 SSD) based NAS, the TVS-951N. The latest unit to join the growing 5-gigabit ethernet collection features an Intel dual-core processor and HDMI out is a much more appealing purchase for those looking into the affordable network upgrade of 5Gbe over 1Gbe! I say this is a new QNAP NAS, the TVS-951N is a revision of the previously released 10Gbe enabled TVS-951X NAS released late in 2018. Let’s find out what the QNAP TVS-951N has in store for us in 2019 and whether this is just the TVS-951X with a downgrade? I beg to differ, let me explain why.

What are the Specifications of the QNAP TVS-951N 10Gbe NAS

The TVS-951N is cost-effective and suitable for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs), as well as home users looking to invest in a media NAS that is 5Gbe enabled. It features the 7th Gen Intel Celeron 3865U 1.8Ghz Dual Core, 9 media bays and a built-in 3-speed 5GBASE-T port, providing x86 powered performance over a 5Gbps connection speed. Four 2.5-inch hard disk slots can install SSDs to enable cache and Qtier technology, as well as be utilized for raw fast storage. The dedicated 5Gbe port (5G/2.5G/1G/100M) allows you to use existing Cat 5e/6 cables to increase file and access speeds, as well as productivity without additional costs, plus with the newly released USB 3.0 to 5Gbe adapter released by QNAP, all you need is an available USB port on your PC/Mac system to take advantage of over 550MB/s performance between your client machine and the host NAS. As well as the additional performance benefits internally of an SSD and HDD based NAS combo. The TVS-951N incorporates multiple QNAP technologies, such as virtual JBOD (VJBOD), Container Station, and Virtualization Station, which can be used in hundreds of business and home applications and can be easily expanded to meet future data storage needs. Below are the specs we know so far:

CPU: 7th Gen Intel Celeron 3865U 1.8Ghz Dual Core

TRANSCODING ENGINE: Intel® HD Graphics 610 – transcoding engine

MEMORY: DDR4 RAM

HARD DRIVE STORAGE: 5 HDD Bays

SOLID STATE STORAGE: 4 SSD Bays

DESIGN: Desktop Chassis, featuring Screw less Trays and LED lights throughout

Ports: 1x 5GbE RJ45, 1x HDMI, 3+1 USB 3 ports, Quick Copy Button, Rear Speaker, Audio Out

SOFTWARE: Plex Media Server Support, 30x Cameras in Surveillance Station, VM use with Virtualisation Station, Container Station, Linux Station and Windows Server Support and more with full app support on QTS.

What makes the TVS-951N so different from other 2019 NAS?

This is the four 9-Bay NAS announced by QNAP ever and each of the three released last year feature 10gBE (in copper or fiber). Although the HDD/SSD arrangement and general access are the same, is it when we take a closer look at the specs of the TVS-951N and how it compares with the previously released three 9-Bays we know of.
TVS-951N

HDD Bays
5
SSD Bays
4
HDMI 1
5GBASE-T 1
RJ45 LAN
1
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
4
Line output (3.5 mm)
1
speaker
1

As mentioned, the TVS-951N features an Intel Celeron 3865U 1.8Ghz Dual Core processor, along with 4GB of DDR4 memory that can be upgraded all the way to 32GB (great news for those looking at virtual environments). The 5Gbe network connectivity is handled by the Aquantia AQtionTM AQC111C controller and there is a 2nd RJ45 port supporting traditional 1Gbe. You can, of course, use the USB to 5gbe adapter with this NAS to turn one or more of those USB 3.0 ports into additional 5Gbe ports too.

The QNAP TVS-951X on the other hand, has built-in support for a 10G via a 10GBASE-T port, allowing you to enjoy high-speed 10 GbE connections right out of the box by connecting the QNAP NAS to a 10Gbe Switch or directly to a client machine with a 10Gbe port. The 10GBASE-T of the TVS-951N uses the Aquantia® AQtionTM AQC107 enterprise-class Multi-Gigabit Ethernet controller, allowing you to quickly execute more applications such as database transfer, virtual machine storage, and big data backup. This is also the only 9-Bay NAS that features HDMI out, meaning it has broader entertainment, surveillance and virtual machine applications over the other two NAS 5+4 Bay devices.
TVS-951X

HDD Bays
5
SSD Bays
4
HDMI 1
10GBASE-T 1
RJ45 LAN
1
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
4
Line output (3.5 mm)
1
speaker
1

Moving from one form of ethernet to another, we can look at the QNAP TS-932X NAS. On the one hand, it features a much different ARM-based Annapurna Labs CPU, an Alpine AL-324 Quad-core 1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A57 Processor(64-bit) and 2GB DDR4 or 8GB DDR4 (1 x 8GB) via a single 1 x SODIMM (Max. 16GB) slot. This device does not feature HDMI, but does feature two 10Gbe ports via SFP+ (fiber) and is much more centred around file management and business users looking for a fast central repository of their data. It arrives at a lower price point than the TVS-951X and TVS-951N, but does this at the expense of a much lower video/graphical support overall.

TS-932X

HDD Bays
5
SSD Bays
4
HDMI 0
10GbE SFP+ 2
RJ45 LAN
1
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
3
Line output (3.5 mm)
1
speaker
1
Finally, there is the QNAP TS-963X NAS. This device features a Quad-core AMD G-Series GX-420MC 2.0 GHz and 2GB or 8GB of Memory (Max 16 GB). This is designed for those that want to use the NAS as an editing platform or to use in much more demanding ways that the Annapurna based CPU NAS above. It arrives with the much more conventional 10GBASE-T and until the TVS-951N was the more desirable. However, I fear the QNAP TVS-951N will have stolen the show for those who want a good all-rounder NAS IN 2019 at a price point that, though a pinch more than traditional 1Gbe NAS, does it with a fantastic affordable middle ground between the default and 10Gbe.
TS-963X

HDD Bays
5
SSD Bays
4
HDMI 0
10GBASE-T
1
RJ45 LAN
1
USB 2.0
2
USB 3.0
2
Line output (3.5 mm)
1
speaker
1

When will the QNAP TVS-951N NAS be Released?

Release details are still very thin on the ground at the moment. This new TVS-951N does not have an official release date yet, however, we think it will land in late Q3 or very early Q4 of 2019. The QNAP TVS-951N is the latest in a line next-gen NAS devices from QNAP that arrive with 5Gbe connectivity, at an affordable price point for those that looked at 10Gbe and though “ahh…not quite yet”. We hope to see more information on this NAS in the next month or so and will, of course, update you as soon as we hear more.

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