Terramaster F4-423 NAS Drive Revealed

New 2022 Generation Terramaster F4-423 NAS Drive Coming Soon


Terramaster continues to flesh out their x423 series with, perhaps, the most interesting entry yet – the new F4-423. Arriving as the follow up to the F4-422, this new NAS arrives with (short of a PCIe slot) pretty much everything the most recent NAS hardware options from their competitors are offering at the 4-Bay level in the hardware department and at a price point of around £100 cheaper too. So, already I can imagine budget NAS buyers who have been looking at Terramaster solutions will be pleased to hear that. Terramaster has been in the NAS market noticeably shorter than the likes of Synology or QNAP, and although their TOS platform still lacks a few of the ‘killer apps’ of the likes of DSM and QTS, it is still keeping things competitive (with their recent TOS 5 beta revealing new AI photo recognition, surveillance software, multi-site backup tools and more). So, let’s find out a little about the new F4-423 and what it has to offer NAS users in 2022.


Hardware Specifications of the Terramaster F4-423 NAS


The hardware specifications of the F4-423, especially for the price point compared with their bigger rivals Synology and QNAP, is pretty impressive. The system arrives with a current 2022 NAS CPU choice, the N5105/N5095 (blame the pandemic and hardware shortages for the different CPu choices), 4GB of DDR4 memory (that can be upgraded to a surprisingly high 32GB), 2.5GbE network connectivity and even features USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports for 10Gb/s backup storage options locally.

Processor
Processor Model Intel® Celeron® N5105/N5095
Processor Architecture X.86 64-bit
Processor Frequency Quad Core 2.0 GHz (Max burst up to 2.GHz)
Hardware Encryption Engine
Hardware Transcoding Engine H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 60
Memory
System Memory 4GB
Pre-installed Memory module 1
Total Memory Slot Number 2 (SO-DIMM)
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB (16 GB + 16 GB)
Note TerraMaster reserves the right to replace memory modules with the same or higher frequency based on supplier’s product life cycle status. Rest assured that the compatibility and stability have been strictly verified with the same benchmark to ensure identical performance.
Storage 
Disk Slot Number 4
Compatible Drive types 3.5″ SATA HDD
2.5″ SATA HDD
2.5″ SATA SSD
Maximum Internal Raw Storage Capacity 80TB (20TB x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Max Single Volume 108TB
Drive Hot Swap
Note . Hard drive vendors will release their latest models of hard drives, and Maximum internal raw storage capacity may be adjusted accordingly.
. The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity.
Internal Drive EXT4,BTRFS
External Drive EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
External Ports
RJ-45 2.5GbE Network Jack 2
USB Port 2 (Type-A  USB 3.2 Gen 2 ( 10Gb/s))
HDMI 1
M.2 NVMe Slot 2 (PCIe3.0 x1)
Appearance
Size 227 x 225x 136 mm
Packaging Size 300 x 275 x 186 mm
Weight Net Weight: 2.3 Kg  Gross Weight:  3.6 Kg
Others
System Fan 80 mm x 80 mm x25mm 2 pcs
Fan Mode Smart, High speed, Middle speed, Low speed
Noise Level 27.4 dB(A) (Fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in idle state) 
Power Supply 90W
AC Input Voltage 100V – 240V AC
Current Frequency 50/60 Hz, single frequency
Power Consumption 35.2 W (Fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in read/write state) 
13.9 W (Fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in hibernation)
Limited warranty 2 years
Certificate FCC, CE, CCC, KC
Environment RoHS, WEEE
Temperature
Working Temperature 0°C  ~ 40°C (32°F ~ 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C ~ 60°C (-5°F ~ 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% ~ 95% RH
Package Contents
Host unit (x1)
Power cord (x1)
RJ-45 network cable (x1)
Quick Installation Guide (x1)
Limited Warranty Note(x1)
Screws(a few)

What is really impressive about the new F4-423 NAS compared against older generation Terramster desktop servers is that this system ALSO includes 2x M.2 NVMe SSD bays. That means that this 4 Bay SATA HDD/SSD NAS can also be bolstered with 2x NVMe SSD (at PCIe Gen 3×1 = 1000MB/s). It is still unconfirmed if these bays are designed purely for SSD caching, or the TOS system supports their use in storage pools, but still. Very impressive indeed.



To put this into perspective, at the time of writing, this NAS provides the same hardware configuration of the QNAP TS-464 (minus the PCIe Upgrade slot) and Asustor Lockerstor 4 Gen 2 (though only having 2x NVMe, not 4x NVMe). We are still waiting to see what the Synology offering for the 4-Bay 2022 generation will include (perhaps the Synology DS922+ or DS923+ will surprise us), but right now, this $499/£439 NAS drive has ALOT of bang for your buck in the hardware department. Let’s take a look at the software that the F4-423 NAS includes.

Software Specifications of the Terramaster F4-423 NAS

The TerraMaster F4-423 is perfect for high-load workflows with a high level of concurrent user access. It is designed to provide excellent storage and easy user management for businesses with backup and recovery solutions. The TOS platform might not be as advanced as the QNAP QTS or Synology DSM platform (as those brands provision more of their price tags towards software), but as a default set of tools and services, TOS provides pretty much all the standard and expected applications, alongside browser based access for system management, file management and all presented in a glossy GUI. We have reviewed this NAS GUI and platform back in 2019 in Version TOS 4 HERE, but the brand is currently working on TOS version 5.0, with promised improvements in the user interface, security, applications and responsiveness. We were lucky enough to get access to an early build of Terramaster TOS 5.0 and you can find out more in the video below.

A newer beta of TOS is currently in the public beta testing phase and includes an IP camera supported surveillance software platform, AI photo recognition application, improved browser response, more intuitive backups applications, 1 click system isolation mode and a bunch of new storage service add ons. There will be a follow-up video on the newer TOS 5 Beta soon.

The Terramaster F4-423 NAS – Price & Release Date

The TerraMaster F4-423 4-Bay High-Performance NAS will retail for $499/£439. To learn more about the all-new F4-423, please visit TerraMaster.com or view the product page directly HERE

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    8 thoughts on “Terramaster F4-423 NAS Drive Revealed

    1. Is there a way for you to check if this allows you to display the new OS through the built in HDMI port that is available on some units like the F4-421? I have watched your earlier videos and I remember you saying that they were hinting at adding that ability sometime down the road. Thanks for the videos, I appreciate them!
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    2. THESE TERRAMASTERS HAVE HORRIBLE SOFTWARE. I BOUGHT A F4-210 4 BAY AND IT CONSTANTLY DISCONNECTS FROM MY NETWORK. I GOOGLED IT AND ITS A PRETTY COMMON PROBLEM. WHEN I WENT THRU THE FORUMS POST ON THIS ISSUE TERRAMASTERS ANSWER WAS ALWAYS REINSTALL TOS BUT THIS ONLY FIXES ISSUE FOR SOME PEOPLE. I HAVE REINSTALLED TOS 3 TIMES NOW AND IT STILL RANDOMLY DISCONNECTS FROM MY NETWORK LEAVING MY EMBY SERVER UNABLE TO SHOW MOVIES AND TV SHOWS I HAVE ON THE DRIVE.
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