Best 4-Bay NAS of the Year – 2022/2023

A Guide to the Best 4-Bay NAS Drives to Buy Right Now

I think it would be fair to say that, when it comes to users who are making the jump professionally from Cloud to their own private server, the 4-Bay NAS market is often their first choice! Aside from the obvious benefits in capacity (NAS hard drives are now available at 22TB and 24TB is just around the corner) and redundancy (i.e safety nets), 4 disk servers tend to be where NAS brands introduce better hardware internally and externally. As NAS technology has improved year on year, the standard of the average prosumer/small-business 4-Bay NAS has increased quite substantially – all the while with the price point largely remaining the same at each tier (give or take a few %). So, today I want to discuss the very best 4-Bay NAS drives that you can buy right now at the end of 2022 and into 2023. I have reviewed hundreds of NAS devices in the last few years, and I can comfortably say that 2022/2023 has easily been the most competitive. We have seen the evolution of M.2 NVMe SSD use in these systems extending to caching and storage across all NAS brands, the continued growth of 2.5GbE, a new generation of processors arrive that open the doors to larger bandwidth internally and all the while, the software that all these devices arrive with become incredibly diverse and capable! So, let’s get down to it, what are the best 4-Bay NAS drives of 2022 and 2023? Let’s go.

What Have All the Best 4-Bay NAS Drives Have in Common?

It is worth remembering that although there are ALOT of different 4-Bay NAS drives available to buy, they are by no means created equal! With numerous super-budget brands popping up online, it can be tempting to consider these alongside the premium NAS brands. However, all too often they offer solutions righty seem ‘too good to be true’ and then are gone from the web before your warranty even gets cold! So, whether you are looking at the three best 4-Bay solutions that I am recommending below OR are looking at another 4-Bay NAS you saw on offer/recommended elsewhere – the best NAS system ALWAYS includes the following software and services:

  • Combined Hardware & Software Solution – That means that you are buying the hardware, but it ALSO includes a web browser GUI, mobile apps and desktop client apps (including backup, media, streaming, surveillance and file management software)
  • ALL the solutions in my top 4-Bay NAS of the year feature both SATA and M.2 NVMe SSD bays (an absolute must-have right now)
  • All NAS systems in this guide are compatible with (and can be accessed by) Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems
  • All NAS Solutions arrive with between 2-3 years Warranty (with the option to extend to 5 years)
  • All NAS drives can be accessed locally over the network, as well as secure remote access is possible with brand-supported services (at no additional cost)
  • The most modern and regularly updated NAS systems will support the very latest 20TB NAS hard drives (such as the Seagate Ironwofl 22TB and WD Red 22TB)
  • All the recommended solutions support multiple drive configurations (RAID) for drive failure protection and performance enhancements
  • All solutions receive regular updates to their security, features and services
  • All recommended NAS drives can connect and synchronize with cloud services (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, etc), as well as Business/Enterprise services such as AWS, Azure, Backblaze and more
  • All NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature the ability to host a shared drive on your PC/Mobile/Laptop systems that are synchronized with the NAS via the network/internet, but is shown in your native operating system file manager (i.e Mac Finder or Windows Explorer)
  • All the NAS solutions listed can be accessed DIRECTLY via an ethernet/network cable being connected from your PC/Mac system, to the NAS RJ45 port for 100MB/s and higher connectivity
  • All the best NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature backup and sync tools that can be installed on your local client computer and allow regular backups of your files and system data

So, make sure that if you are looking at a NAS solution that is NOT recommended below, that it includes all of the above. As these are some of the clearest areas that brands all too often cut orders to produce cheaper by ultimately inferior NAS servers for home and business. So, let’s discuss the very best 4-Bay NAS to buy now in 2022/2023.


Best All Round 4-Bay NAS Drive – QNAP TS-464 NAS

0-88TB, 4-Bays, 2x PCIe Gen 3×1 M.2 NVMe 2280, Intel Celeron N5105 CPU, 4-16GB Memory, 2x 2.5Gbe Port, 1x PCIe Gen 3×2 Slot, 1 HDMI 2.0 4K 6-FPS, 3-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $550

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What I said in my review April ’22:

The TS-464 comfortably arrives with the best hardware in its tier of the NAS market and that is something that QNAP has always been quite good at. Even if you rewind just 5 years, the level of hardware scalability and ease of upgradability that the TS-464 provides is frankly incredible and, fast forward to 2022, is still pretty unmatched. A Desktop 4-Bay NAS (eg Prosumer RAID 5 storage) has always been the next confident step for users who are tired of their hands being tied by subscription cloud services from Google, OneDrive and DropBox, who are looking for their own competent, flexible and fully-featured private server. In the TS-464 NAS, you find a system that is unquestionable the best hardware for your money you can possibly get right now. In software, things are a little less straightforward. QTS 5, although massively software and service-rich, arrives as a complete operating system in your web browser with multiple mobile/desktop clients and hundreds of applications and apps that can be installed at the touch of a button – which can all too often be something of a steep learning curve for many.

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Lacking the slightly chewable, user-friendly nature of many of their rivals, QNAP and its software/service still have a tendency to be a bit of an information overload that can quickly intimidate the novice. However, for those that are looking for a system that is completely customizable in how/when/where you want data presented to you, as well as a wide degree of 3rd party support, QNAP and QTS 5 still manages to provide a huge degree of brand-unique service that are simply not available elsewhere. Just be prepared to invest your time wisely in its setup and more time ensuring the system is perfect for your needs.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 10/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.8
PROS
👍🏻Very compact chassis design, despite large storage potential
👍🏻A BIG jump in hardware and scale from the TS-453Be and TS-453D, but with a largely identical RRP at launch
👍🏻Easily one of the most hardware packed SMB/Mid-range 4-Bay on the market
👍🏻Up to 16GB of Memory is fantastic
👍🏻m.2 NVMe SSD Bays AND a PCIe Upgrade Slot (no need to choose one upgrade path)
👍🏻8x Included Camera Licenses
👍🏻Includes Anti-virus, Firewall Tool, VPN client tools, Malware Remover, network manager and Security Councilor Tool
👍🏻3 Different Container/VM tools that also feature image download centers
👍🏻10Gb/s (1,000MB/s) USB Ports will be incredibly useful
👍🏻Large range of expansion options in the TR/TL series in 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 Bays
CONS
👎🏻The PCIe Slot is PCIe 3×2 and the M.2 SSD Bays are PCIe 3×1 (likely limitations of all this H/W on a Celeron+chipset
👎🏻QNAP Has had 3 ransomware hits in 2019-2021 (Qlocker, Qsnatch and Deadbolt). Lots of Security app/changes since, but people remember and QNAP needs to win back that trust in 2022/2023

 


Best Software 4-Bay NAS Drive – Synology DS923+ NAS

0-88TB, 4-Bays, 2x PCIe Gen 3 M.2 NVMe 2280, Dual Core AMD Emb.Ryzen R1600 CPU, 4-32GB DDR4 ECC Memory, 2x 1Gbe Port, 10GbE Optional Upgrade Slot, 3-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $550+

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What I said in my review Nov’22:

Synology has clearly made something of a gamble in the release of the Synology DS923+ NAS. There is no avoiding that making the switch from the Intel Celeron that has historically been the build choice of this product family and opting for the AMD Emb.Ryzen has ruffled some feathers! On the face of it, the R1600 here has a heck of alot of going for it over the previous generation! Higher clock speed, greater PCIe Gen 3 Support throughout, that 4-32GB of DDR4 memory in such a compact system and just generally giving you a lot more horsepower to play with, as well as better bandwidth potential inside and out! But at what cost? The 1GbE standard connectivity in the base model leaves alot to be desired, the proprietary 10Gb upgrade (though incredibly handy) limits the upgradability a tad and the lack of an integrated graphics processor is likely going to result in many long-term Synology advocates to skip this generation. Synology Diskstation Manager (DSM 7.1 at the time of writing) still continues to impress and although the brand still continues to heavily push their 1st party priorities, they have left a little more wriggle room in DSM 7.1 than DSM 7 before it in terms of media compatibility.

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In terms of design, I cannot fault Synology on this as the DS923+ chassis still arrives as one of the best-looking and still exceptionally well-structured devices at this physical scale and storage level. As always, a Synology NAS is more about the software than the hardware (and the DS923+ delivers in spades on the software side!) and with DSM 7.2 around the corner improving things. Just always keep in mind that the Synology DS923+ NAS is a system that arrives with the slight emphasis on having to do many things ‘their way’. If you are less technically versed, then you will definitely appreciate this level of user-friendly design and assistance, but more technically minded admins’ main strain a pinch! In short, the DS923+ IS a good NAS drive, but its focus has certainly ebbed more towards the business user this generation than the home.

SOFTWARE - 10/10
HARDWARE - 7/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.6
PROS
👍🏻DSM 7/7.1 (and DSM7.2 Around the corner) still continues to be an absolute tour-de-force of NAS Software
👍🏻This latest generation expandable 4-Bay arriving with a 10G Upgrade Option is fantastic
👍🏻ECC Memory Support and scalability to 32GB is completely unparallel at this price point
👍🏻The design of the DS923+ NAS still continues to be market-leading
👍🏻The New CPU architecture allows great PCIe3 bandwidth to be afforded to the rest of the hardware, inside and out
👍🏻Low Noise, Low Physical Impact and Intelligent Automatic Power Use Adjustment Settings
👍🏻Increased Support for macOS in Synology Drive and Active Backup Suite (DSM 7.2)
👍🏻Synology C2 Cloud Services, 1st Party Backup/Sync Tools and Collaboration Suite App = Complete 1st Party Eco-system that can rival Office365 and Google Workspace
👍🏻PCIe Gen 3 M.2 NVMe SSD Support as Storage Pools!!! FINALLY!
👍🏻Tremendously User-Friendly!!!
CONS
👎🏻The AMD Emb.Ryzen instead of a Intel Celeron (with Integrated Graphics) will be a dealbreaker for alot of users
👎🏻The default 1GbE ports that the system arrives with are tremendously dated
👎🏻The USB ports on the system are older gen USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gb/s) and their support/usability have been quite pared back in recent DSM releases
👎🏻The continued moves by Synology to prioritize 1st party hardware and software services may put some users off
👎🏻Plex Support on the Synology DS923+ is still great for native playback, client-side handling and client devices with relevant multimedia licenses in place, but if server-side media conversions are needed - this system will struggle in comparison with the DS920+ before it

 


Most Powerful 4-Bay NAS Drive – QNAP TVS-h474 NAS

0-88TB, 4-Bays, 2x Gen 3 x2 M.2 NVMe 2280, Intel Pentium Gold G7400 2-core/4-thread 3.7 GHz CPU, Intel Embedded UHD Graphics 710, 8-128GB DDR4 Memory, 2x 2.5Gbe Port, PCIe Gen 4 x16 + PCIe Gen 3 x2, USB 10G, HDMI 2.0B, 3-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1,199

Hardware Preview – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What I said in my Preview Sept ’22:

As previously mentioned, the QNAP TVS-h474, TVS-h674 and TVS-h874 are the follow-ups to the popular TVS-472XT, TVS-672XT and TVS-872XT released in the closing stages of 2018. In the 4 years since their initial release, that thunderbolt 3 product series ended up being diversified into a standalone 10GbE version and a 5GbE version – all of which using 2/4/6 Core, 8th Gen Intel Core processors and PCIe 3 architecture. The newer 4, 6 and 8-Bay x74 series have pretty much ramped up every element of their predecessor’s architecture (even the USB ports) and although the CPU is the main reason for this tremendous upscaling of the result of the hardware architecture, you do still get some fantastic hardware under the bonnet generally. That said, it’s worth highlighting that the scaling of the hardware between each capacity tier (and even sub-versions at each tier) means that depending on which system in the series you choose, some hardware options might not be available. The TVS-h874-64GB 8-Bay version is the full Intel i9 16 Core version with full PCIe4 support and 10GbE, whereas the most affordable tier is the TVS-h474-8G 4-Bay with PCIe 3/4 architecture, a Dual Core Pentium Gold and 2.5GbE. Let’s quickly compare the hardware architecture of the three NAS systems and their sub-versions:

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So, let’s dig a little deeper into those CPUs.  With QNAP slowly revealing more and more PCIe 4 upgrade and expansion cards (such as the 2x10GbE+2xPCIe4 NVMe Combo card QM2-2P410G2T and the Dual Port 100GbE QXG-100G2SF-CX6), the necessity for their business class and desktop enterprise solutions to utilize these cards is going to be tremendously important. However, PCIe 4 bandwidth is what makes these cards possible, as a single PCIe4 lane provides approx 2,000MB/s compared with the 1000MB/s of PCIe3 – even when you add x4 or x16 lane multipliers that form the architecture of PCI slots, that still means a difference of 16GB vs 32GB of potential bandwidth. The barrier for many though is that PCIe4, although established in many motherboards and accessories, is not quite as widely supported in server-class CPUs till around 2021 onwards. This (alongside a hugely powerful onboard embedded graphics component) is what continues to push QNAP to utilize the Intel Core family of CPUs in this product tier over the years. With CPUBenchmark scoring for these CPUs ranging from 6,600+ to 36,000+, you have some series Xeon/EPYC challenging processors here and when you consider these are DESKTOP solutions, not rackmount, that is especially impressive!

SOFTWARE - 9/10
HARDWARE - 10/10
PERFORMANCE - 10/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.8
PROS
👍🏻ZFS and EXT4 Support
👍🏻Pentium Gold Processor 4-Bay - NICE
👍🏻Graphics Card Support
👍🏻PCIe Gen 4 Lanes and a 4x16 Slot
👍🏻2.5GbE by default
👍🏻Massive Memory Support
👍🏻LCD Panel Always Useful
👍🏻USB 10G Ports
👍🏻m.2 NVMe SSD Slots for Caching OR Storage Pools
👍🏻Best Plex 4-Bay NAS in 2022/2023 by a good distance!
CONS
👎🏻Expensive!
👎🏻Still waiting for an I3 option
👎🏻Power Hungry and a pinch noisy in operation

 


Best Value Hardware 4-Bay NAS Drive – Asustor Lockerstor 4 Gen2 NAS

0-88TB, 4-Bays, 4x PCIe Gen 3×1 M.2 NVMe 2280, Intel N5105 CPU 4-Core Integrated Gfx, 4-16GB DDR4 Memory, 2x 2.5Gbe Port, 1x HDMI 2.0b, PCIe Upgrade Slot, 3-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $579

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What I said in my review Nov’22:

The Lockerstor 4 Gen 2 NAS is a respectable piece of kit! Indeed, the hardware here is almost faultless! Unless you are particularly noise sensitive (and therefore the metal chassis adding a few dBa to the ambient sound), there is almost nothing I can fault here on the devices hardware. The scaling up of practically all hardware over the Gen 1 Lockerstor, such as Better CPU, Better Memory that goes higher, HDMI 2.0b, USB 3.2 Gen 2, a 10GbE upgrade option and THOSE FOUR M. 2 NVMe SSD SLOTS – you simply cannot fault how much is getting included here at the price point vs it’s competitors. The software is a little less compelling, with a smaller range of 1st party applications on offer, more of a reliance on 3rd party services and the absence of a few AAA+ features that are present on other devices in the market (AI services, Cloud Bolt on live synchronization, 1st Party SaaS native sync with Google Workspace/Office365, etc).

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That said, ADM does run very well, is clear and still quite user-friendly. The addition of choice of file systems EXT4 or BTRFS, flexibility on the use of those M.2 NVMe SSD bays and the Asustor HDMI portal still bring fantastic flexibility to the Lockerstor 4 Gen 2 NAS too. Ultimately, this is a system that is clearly making big waves on it’s hardware more than it’s software, but as long as you keep your feet on the ground and appreciate that this system is more of a 70/30 purchase of hardware vs software, you will come to respect and rely on this Asustor NAS as the backbone of your data storage setup.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 10/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.6
PROS
👍🏻Hard/Impossible to find this level of NAS Hardware elsewhere at this price point
👍🏻Those FOUR M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD slots are great and turn this 4-Bay NAS into an 8-Bay
👍🏻2.5GbE by default, as well as the option to add further 2.5/5Gb connections over USB
👍🏻The option to scale up the network connectivity to 10GbE down the line (4 and 6 Bay only)
👍🏻$60 increase over RRP of Lockstor Gen 1, but upgrades practically everything 1-2 levels (New Celeron CPU, Better/High Memory Max, USB 10G, HDMI 2.0b, PCIe Gen 3 Architecture)
👍🏻Includes support for either EXT4 or BTRFS
👍🏻Includes KVM Support with Parallel GUI over HDMI, Asustor Portal
👍🏻ADM is better tha nit has ever been, responsive, clear and intuitive
👍🏻Several different setup and initialization options
👍🏻One of very few 4-Bay NAS drives that still feature a fully functional and controllable LCD Panel
👍🏻Full Support of the traditional RAID levels for this scale (RAID 0-1-5-6)
👍🏻Storage can be expanded with TWO of the Asustor AS6004U 4-Bay
CONS
👎🏻Lack of a fluid RAID System (such as Synology Hybrid RAID, Drobo BeyondRAID or Terramaster TRAID) to allow mixed drive media and easier scaling of storage over time
👎🏻Metal chassis and trays is going to result in an increase of ambient noise (hum/vibration) than other plastic casing/tray NAS systems
👎🏻Some apps (such as the Surveillance Center apps) are long overdue an update in visuals and services
👎🏻ADM is good, but lacks the killer apps/AAA and AI service tools that are being offered by other brands right now
👎🏻They were targeted by the Deadbolt ransomware attack at the start of 2022 and although the linux vulnerability that was used has been reported to be closed and they worked with affected users, this is still going to be on the minds of some buyers

Lowest Priced Plex 4-Bay NAS Drive – Terramaster F4-423 NAS

0-88TB, 4-Bays, 2x Gen 3 x1 M.2 NVMe 2280, Intel N5105 Celeron CPU Quad-Core Integrated Gfx CPU, 4-16GB Memory, 2x 2.5Gbe Port, 3yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $500

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What I said in my review May’22:

Terramaster still continues to be the most affordable fully-featured provider of the whole NAS market and although a number of their solutions have always felt a little rough around the edges, you always got the impression that you were getting a good deal for the hardware that was available from QNAP and Synology. Now in 2022/2023, the same continues to be true but in the F4-423 NAS’ case, you are actually getting some pretty top tier (for the Home/Prosumer) market at a price tag that is really tough to argue with. Terramaster has clearly been watching their bigger competitors and cherry-picked the features that people have been asking for (2.5GbE, USB 3.2 Gen 2, M.2 NVMe SSD bays, etc) for this new generation.

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In terms of software, things are a little less convincing and although TOS 5 (currently in Beta at the time of writing) still continues to evolve into something genuinely fully featured and impressive, TOS 4 that the F4-423 includes at launch is usable (if unexciting) platform that provides the base level services that a new NAS user would want, but lacks killer apps that their competitors are offering right now (File Streaming, AI photo recognition, Surveillance, etc). Most of these ARE included in TOS5, but until it arrives much later in 2022 in a full release, the F4-423 feels like a powerful NAS that doesn’t have the software to show off its strengths yet. If you are reading this later in 2022 or 2023, this might well be irrelevant though, as the brand rolls out their bit firmware update to ALL Terramster NAS devices. Overall, I definitely CAN recommend the F4-423 NAS for its hardware, for Plex Media server or as an affordable multi-tier backup solution, but if you are looking for a NAS for more tailored data access or in a much more fully-featured package – hold out a little longer till TOS 5 gets released first.

SOFTWARE - 5/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 10/10
VALUE - 8/10


7.8
PROS
👍🏻2.5GbE at the Price of 1GbE
👍🏻Good CPU for the Price Point
👍🏻USB 3.2 Gen 2 is very forward-thinking for local backups
👍🏻Great RAID Options
👍🏻Snapshot Replication
👍🏻BTRFS Support if preferred
👍🏻Supports Plex and all 1080p Transcoding
👍🏻4K Video transcoding natively
👍🏻A large amount of maximum memory supported (16-32GB – TBC)
👍🏻Includes two M.2 NVMe SSD Bays that can be used for storage or caching
CONS
👎🏻Default 4GB memory is 2133Mhz
👎🏻HDMI Currently Unsupported
👎🏻Until TOS5 is Fully Released, TOS Software feels a little empty of Killer-Apps (AI photo recognition, Surveillance, etc)

 



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    1. This memory issue seems to be a dirty industry practice to make it seem like they aren’t screwing over their customers by selling their units with a low amount of slow memory. If you Google the spec sheet for the processor, it says Max Memory Size 16GB. A few lines below that it says Max # of Memory Channels 2. It also say that it runs at 2933mhz. So they are basically giving us a small amount of slow memory and using deceptive marketing tactics to cover it up. Synology is guilty of the same thing. My DS1821+ was the same way. slow memory. Synology says max was 32GB total. The processor and the board said 32GB x 2 as does the processor spec sheet.
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    2. Put a sticker with the purchase date on the hdd, then x many years down the line, you know when the warranty runs out and time to get a new one.

      I would rather they save on the brown box and not save on putting cheap hardware in.

      I like the look it’s more unique than the others but would look funny in my rack lol.
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    3. I am stuck between the asustor 4 Bay or the terramaster 6 bay, I have noticed that the terramaster are been hit with randsomware again according to there forum at the beginning of this yer so that’s putting me off, I am needing to portforward ports for a personal cloud etc.

      I do have 2 way ips on my router so hope that helps but still stuck on what to get
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    4. Would you still recommend gen 1 for 2023 purchase? Will the software get updated down the road? I’m finding some at great prices locally.
      Need to emphasize one of the use cases will be Plex Media Server with max 2 streams at any moment.
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    5. I was going to buy this as my first NAS as I run a small electrical business and also run a PLEX server with only a handful (around 40 titles) of 1080P MKV files.
      I use my laptop for my business use but, as my business and client base are expanding, I’m finding I’m maxing the storage capacity of my laptop which now runs like an old Ford Cortina where it once ran like a Ferrari.
      My current PLEX server is an Nvidia Shield (2017) so I guess I could use that to process any transcoding etc etc.

      I would use 3 x 6TB Toshiba M300’s in a RIAD1 configuration which I feel would be ample space for at least another 5 years or so.
      I do plan to create more MKV files but only in 1080p although I do own an LG C2 OLED so 4k is do-able….

      Any thoughts??
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    6. Lol one of the first real tech reviews I’ve seen. Giving a real review with real pros and cons not “fake positive cons” really help solidify the information as being useful. Great job
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    7. I’m considering the AS6706T at some point in the future if I can justify it. I have a Synology DS918+ in RAID 10 with four WD Red 12 TB drives in RAID 10 at the moment, but one of those drives just died a couple months ago, and while I replaced it, I’m now paranoid about the other three… but I don’t want to mix and match drives. So while I’m not exactly hurting for capacity, I’m kind of using it as one justification for an upgrade, as I could then reinitialize the Synology in RAID 5 and use it as an on-site backup, I guess.

      The AS6706T seems the way to go IMO as it comes with the 8 GB RAM in the internal slot standard – meaning you don’t have to take the whole damn thing apart to upgrade to 16 GB RAM – and it also has an internal power supply, because I absolutely hate power bricks and wall warts in terms of cable management.

      The trouble is, I can’t really justify it at the moment because:
      1. I don’t really have a good place to put it – particularly if it’s going to be louder than the DS918+ (and I’m assuming most of the noise would come from using Seagate 20 TB Iron Wolf Pros, which are 7200 RPM and much denser compared to my four WD Red 12 TB drives, which are 5400 RPM)
      2. My network is only 1 Gbps at the moment. Just as I don’t really have place on my desk for another NAS, I don’t have a place on my desk for a 2.5 Gbps / 10 Gbps switch, and my house is not wired for ethernet.

      Ideally, I’d put a rack in the basement and get the house wired for ethernet with a patch panel, then put in a rack router and use PoE 10 Gbps switch and APs, then I could put the NAS anywhere I damn well wanted and just run a cable to it, but that’s harder to justify than the NAS.
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    8. Beyond NAS, do you think I could use this product to spin a small windows vm unfortunatedly some things i need require windows only programs (ms office modules). Having this running in a VM in a nas would make more sense than having a stand alone small machine.
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    9. Would love a guide to picking a first PLEX NAS in 2023. I’m convinced that I need transcoding, M.2 support, 2.5GBE, RAID. But many of the high end ones that would check these boxes seem to have features and software that I just don’t need (ie. security camera support, etc). Really hard to decide if I should spend the money for features I don’t need to get the hardware that I do.
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    10. Something that I don’t think has been mentioned is physically transferring HDDs from an older Intel NAS to the DS923+. I believe you could transfer drives from, say, a DS918+ to a DS920+, but will drives from a 918 be accepted in the 923 considering it’s a Ryzen CPU?
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    11. I am a Sports photographer, and I’m gathering more and more external drives as time passes, so it’s time to go NAS. Which one would be the best for photographers? Just to put the files, and have security on it? I spend around 6/8 TB per year. Using 2021 27’’ IMac. I need fast reading as I work the photos inside the external drive not in the computer main drive. Cheers. Happy new year
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    12. Robbie, you really need to get over your obsession with plastic and foam in packaged products. Most reputable manufacturers are moving to paper/cardboard packing, as it helps prevent plastic waste gushing out into our biosphere. Plastic recycling is a myth. Proper packaging techniques (double-boxing, molded pulp inner frames, etc.) help protect products during shipment. Same goes for metal vs. plastic enclosures. Metal is readily recyclable. If a device is noisy as a result, then the manufacturer needs to take steps to dampen sound. Help your viewers become responsible citizens of the planet.
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    13. Great video! I wanted to know if the 4SSD bay can be used to store parity for raid 6. Let’s say I want to use 4x4TB spin drive and 2x2TB m.2 SSD to achieve 5x4TB raid 6? and use the 2 remaining m.2 for caching?
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    14. Would you recommend the TVS-h474 over the TVS-472XT? I run an all apple environment and ideally want to video edit off of the nas from one machine at a time. I feel like that USB C 3.2 Gen 2 would let me do that on the h474, and I suppose I can drop a 10gbe card in there if I really want to expand it’s connectivity a bit? Do you feel like the loss of the 40gbe tb3 cables is a big deal? would I see significantly lower speeds in reality when editing and transferring or backing up files? Any help on this would be great!
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    15. A quick question.. with Asustor supporting BRTFS. is it using the brtfs raid or is it the old trusty mdadm with just btrfs as a filesystem on top of it? thinking about the RAID 5/6 issues with the btrfs raid..
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    16. Hi, the best NAS channel on Youtube. I’m hoping you can find the time to advise me please. I am looking to replace my ancient DROBO 5D (Firewire) with a NAS. I use it predomoinantly for 4K video editing on Davinci Resolve, photo editing on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop on MAC. I am leaning towards the QNAP TS-664 or 464, or Sinology DS923+. The QNAP is attractive because of SHR but the QNAP beats it in everything else. Plex streaming is not essential for me since I can use my MacBook Pro to run it. I hope you can give me advice. Many thanks.
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    17. Really Appreciate this Channel! This has been my resource for building my PLEX NAS with a QNAP 464. As a never before NAS user, I got everything set up and working in a week of building. Your how-to videos with QNAP have been invaluable. Learning RAID structure, IP settings, and software ecosystem fixed a lot of my stress and troubleshooting. Thank you, and Cheers!
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    18. I’ve had a Synology 920+ for over 2 years. Wanted a newer model for my house but looking at Synology’s line up I can’t help but feel they are locking many features out of their lower end models and for what gain? I love DSM 7, it’s rock solid with the occasional SMB service stopping and needs a reboot. The software is mature. However 1 GbE feels extremely dated and to see it on their higher priced models makes me laugh a little. There’s a spare M.2 slot on my 920+ which I can’t even use for storage? While the Lockerstor can, heck the 10 bay model has two 10GbE ports future proofing the thing by alot. Some of Synology’s newer models 923+ don’t havea GPU either, occasional transcode or VM hw acceleration goes along way. Torn at the moment. Asustor looks extremely tempting, when the time comes if their software has mutured I think it’ll be a no brainer. Not to mention the endless possibilities of Gen2 USB like maybe running an external GPU? Amazing stuff from Asustor and I could soon be a customer when the price drops a little more.
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    19. Looking to upgrade my NAS, but I don’t know man. I think I’m done with Synology. They just seem underpowered and overpriced these days. They have a bunch of models, but none seems to be a good value anymore. At least for me.
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    20. Hi, this is really a great NAS. Especially you can run other OS on it without losing the QNAP software.
      The SoC has only 8 PCIe Gen3 lanes so they didn’t have much choice in extendability. The split-up is:
      1.) Gen3 x4 for the SATA controller (which is an custom-sized add-on card actually)
      2.) Gen3 x2 for the add-on card slot
      3.) Gen3 x1 for the first M.2 slot
      4.) Gen3 x1 for the second M.2 slot
      Did you test the memory modules? Is it stable with >16GB memory? The SoC should actually support dual-channel 2933Mhz memory.
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    21. was undecided between the 6604 and the 6704 to replace my Netgear RN214. went with the 6704 as i thought it was the best option. should receive it next week. a big plus for me was future option to use 10gbe, but now it seems i have to choose either NVME or 10GBe?
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    22. According to cpu-monkey and Geekbench 5 the R1600 is even slower than the J4125 in multi-core benchmark. That makes sense since hyperthreading / SMT can not make up for real cores. Also considering the high power consumption, I think it’s the wrong choice for this kind of device.
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    23. That was very helpful, thank you! I’m looking for a NAS that will enable me to do video intensive video editing of 4k h264 files. I will do that on 2 macs (imacPro 2017 and MacStudio 2022). So I assume 10GbE is a must have for a NAS. I don’t need all that much storage space because I archive most of the stuff that I finished working on.
      Do you think the DS923+ is the way to go, or would you recommend something else?
      Any help is greatly appreciated. For a layman all the NAS options seem a bit overwhelming.
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    24. I came across your amazing channel today, Thank you for the good information! I am looking for a 4-6 bay hardware RAID 5 or 6 external enclosure for storage and backup. I was looking at DAS, but I like this Asustor NAS system. Is this Asustor NAS use a hardware level raid controller or does it use internal software to address the drives? As a comparison I was looking at the QNAP TR-004 the Yottamaster FS5RU3, or the Syba SY-ENC50118. Price concern but I rather have better reliability if i can keep the price reasonable. Thanks for any advice in advance
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    25. Hmm
      in my region the ts464 and asustor gen2 are the same price and I dont know which one to go for… Near identical specs, one looks better, the other has a little screen
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    26. I am thinking of getting this 464 as my first ever attempt to do a NAS. My main goals would have photo/video and file backup with some good quality features that make it enjoyable to access. I might also dabble into video surveillance use.

      My question is what m.2 drives, memory, and 10g plus m.2 expansions do you recommend.

      And how would you configure the 4 m.2 drives?

      I want to build it right the first time and not have to worry about upgrading anything in the future.
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    27. Thank you for a thoroughly informative review. I own this NAS with 4 Seagate 8TB ea. RAID 5, and upgraded the RAM to 16GB. However there are 3 as of yet unsolved issues for which any advice would be appreciated:
      1. Using Chromebook OS on Asus CX5400, EZsync does not work, it’s for Windows pcs. What’s a good alternative?
      2. Backup App, no option to backup Chromebook to the NAS or even external USB drive. Is there an alternate app?
      3. WOL works using AiData on Android phone. But using the Chromebook WOL using AiData doesn’t work. Other two functions, sleep and power off do work. Asustor Tech Support is trying to resolve this issue.
      Thanks for any advice and for all the informative videos.
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    28. Tempted to look at these, but as others say shame software isn’t as good as DSM. Re Plex I play most of my stuff via Apple TV 4K, so it doesn’t need to transcode. The alternative, is get a cheaper NAS and then use a dedicated small PC for Plex / hypervisor.
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    29. Just a warning for anyone looking to purchase this NAS. According to the terra-master forum, terra-master has disabled support for ALL third party RAM for this model after the TOS 5 update. They are only allowing their “officially supported” RAM modules that just so happen to cost 4-5 times the price of equivalent third party RAM. I just found this out after purchasing the NAS and think I will have to return it. Third party RAM is usable if you install another OS like TrueNas so they are disabling support in their software.
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    30. Robby
      I really like this nas in a six drive version. I am confused with the processors that are available for this model and the 8 bay version. From the latest info I see the only processor available for the six bay version is the I5 and for the eight bay version it appears the I5 or I7 might be used. Older articles claim I5 or I7 for the 6 bay and the I5, I7 or I9 for the 8 bay! Can you give a definitive max processor for these models??? Thanks!
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    31. Hello Robbie! Really enjoy all of your informative videos and product reviews! You keep it interesting as I enjoy the conversation. Grateful how you guys encourage others to participate in the forum – which gives back to the community.
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    32. I’ve just finished setting up my TS-464. I purchased it already one week ego (i.e. before you have realised your video). The purchase was heavily impacted by your previous positive reviews, so I’m glad to see that it has ended up as the best all-rounder.
      I wanted to have both a back-up storage and a drive for video editing. So I fitted it with both some 3.5 drives, but also to 1TB SSDs. BlackMagic Drive Test gives me about 650 Mb/s write and 1050 read, which is more than enough for DaVinci 4K editing (the other component of the set-up are QNAP Thunderbird adapter, QNAP switch (the simplest one) and QNAP 2 port 10Gb/s ethernet card.
      For some other prospective user of similar set-up I rather recommend going for one port 10 Gb/s card (2 ports is fitted with fun which is very noisy) and some other fan-less Thunderbolt adapter (QNAP’s 10 Gb has a fan – this one a surprise for me – which is unpleasantly high-pitched.

      Otherwise, extremely good YouTube channel on which I spent well to much time ( 🙂 ). Thanks for doing this great job.
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    33. Went to look at this and noticed something which you would need to correct in your review. If you upgrade to the 10gb nic then you have to remove the M.2 card. You have to go into the settings and switch from M.2 to PCI 10gb card so the NVME drives can’t saturate the 10gb nic since they can not exist together. Unless you can find a card that does both and maybe get it to work. Love your reviews keep up the excellent work
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    34. Solid information, thank you. I’ve been looking for months and still haven’t made up my mind; but every video you drop fills my head with the information I need to think through my purchase well.
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    35. I went with a 4-bay Asustor NAS based on best value and it works very well for my needs. After owning it 6 months, I learned I did not follow best practices when i set it up to guard against ransomware attacks so I went through the trouble of starting over. Glad I did because those best practices I implemented during setup prevented me from surfing the pain others did when the ransomware attack Deadbolt hit. I was away from town at that time but slept soundly knowing I shored up every vulnerability the attack targeted. I can’t thank NASCompares enough for these type of videos that helped organize my digital life with a NAS.
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    36. Maybe I’m missing something? I run a synology nas and use the infuse app for apple on all my apple 4K’s for media streaming. What am I missing out on not running plex? I’m guessing all the magic is happening inside the phone or Apple TV because my nas or media never lags when watching 4K hdr10 or Dolby vision title. Seems like so manny people worry about plex performance is this just because they don’t use Apple devices? I tried plex it was pretty bad at stream when the nas needed to decode or whatever.
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    37. I was looking to buy a QNAP TS-462-2G, but I see that you don’t have any videos in which you talk about it. Is it a bad NAS?
      (Sorry for my poor English, I have to use Google translate)
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    38. I’m not much of an expert here, but the SODIMM DDR4 I found in the market max out at 32GB/slot. That means the max this system can support is 64GB, not 128GB.

      So… no ECC, and capacity max 64GB. Am I going to be ok using ZFS deduplication with the 874 unit fully populated with 20TB drives? That’s 120TB Z2 capacity.

      Also, it’s been 2 months since the announcement, the i7 and i9 SKU is nowhere in sight. Is there anyone with insight on what’s going on there? It’s not even listed in QNAP own product page.
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    39. Awesome to hear you calling out how 10Gbe is needed on anything other than the budget Nas’s. I agree the Asustor Nas’s are great value and there OS never fails not in 5 years have i had a clients Austor Nas Fail, where qnap and synology contantly require reboots every month to fix software issues.
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    40. I bought a F4-423 a few days ago and was disappointed to find out that the unit will only boot their proprietary NAS software with their proprietary RAM installed. Buyer beware.
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    41. Looking for advice. Great video. Should I be scared to buy Qnap due to rware? I’d want NAS to be connected to internet bc I’d be accessing remotely via iPhone regularly. How can I insure it would be secure?…anybody?
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    42. awesome, I’d be curious on your thoughts on the best current 2 bays, I’m a very BASIC home user who just gets by on a couple of big 16TB raid 1’s in a DS220 which is basically all I need, and I suspect that’s probably like 90% of the home market
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    43. awesome, I’d be curious on your thoughts on the best current 2 bays, I’m a very BASIC home user who just gets by on a couple of big 16TB raid 1’s in a DS220 which is basically all I need, and I suspect that’s probably like 90% of the home market
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    44. Looks like Synology have discontinued the 920+ for some reason (no longer on their website) so looks like no option but to purchase 923+ now for the normal person maybe have to find another brand instead (was looking for 920+ on a Black Friday deal but seems no one really offering it. Oh well time for re-think on what to do now
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    45. So how will the 923+ handle surveillance station without the embedded GPU? 6 x 4K cameras for example. Is this going to be able to record and handle remote viewing on i devices? Better or worse than the 920+? I don’t have or want plex, just curious about the surveillance video aspects.
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    46. This is not a review but a sales pitch. Stick to FACTs and not hopes or suppostions. Very disappointing ‘review’, with little mention of the Synology lock in of added gear to make it work. No 2.5 or 10G network as standard. What a joke.
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    47. I was waiting for this to replace my aging DS412 which cannot run VM’s or Dockers which I need to install Home Assistant (home automation). However, a 2 core CPU does not mesh well with virtualization (I agree that threads are not cores …). The lack of a 2.5 GB ethernet port and the higher power use are just the final nails in the coffin for me, I’ll be skipping this model and hang on to my DS412 for the moment …
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    48. So, not only is it missing 2.5gbps, and has a proprietary insert card for 10/5/2.5 wich will cost closer to 100-150 euro, it requires their OWN EXPENSIVE DRIVES.

      Im not expecting the “base” ds923 (none-plus) to support essential features, like the expansion card, virtualisation, ram upgrading.
      They are going to force people who have a 920+ or similar to switch to another manufacturer all together.

      Synology is greedy and will loose alot of favor in the home user department, wich in long term will hurt them as people dont get used to their software/hardware early.
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    49. *Important* Interested in the software that the Synology DS923+ NAS Arrives with? Check out my MASSIVE Synology DSM 7.1 Software Review HERE – https://youtu.be/SqFa0WyxGJc
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    50. This „before you buy“ helped me alot. Conclusion for me as multimedia guy: wait and hope that Synology will release a DS with integrated GPU or looking to Qnap and hope that they make their NAS SW secure regarding Cyberattacks… But how long do I have to continue waiting for that …. Maybe another two years ????????
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    51. According to the spec sheet the NVMe SSDs can be used for “additional storage pools.”

      The Synology DS923+ is a capable 4-bay NAS solution that can be adjusted and expanded as your needs change, with optional support for up to nine drives, faster networking, and NVMe SSDs for caching or additional storage pools. Powered by Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), it offers a flexible all-in-one solution for data sharing, synchronization, backup, and surveillance.
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    52. Thanks for the video. Everything about this device tells me to change to QNAP after 15 years of using only Synology. The only thing that still has me on the fence is that it will not be as compatible using my old Synology for backing up from my new NAS.

      Using it mainly for media the AMD processor is a big minus. I’d consider the 920+ which keeps my new CAT7e network unused. QNAP doesn’t have DSM. Dilemma.
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    53. Out of the box, this is mostly a downgrade or level with the prior version. Worse power efficiency and limited support for third party drives are the ones that affect me, and it grates that I have to pay relatively a lot extra for up-to-date networking. I just want a big, simple, super fast storage engine on the network for two photo / video editors. I could make the DS923+ work, but I’m going to take a hard look at QNAP and others. I love my DS218j, which taught me the joys of NAS. But Synology just seems a bit hostile to its customers.
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    54. I’m glad instead of doing a long form 30-40 minute review you did a much shorter 33 minute video ????. Haha I’m just messing around, this was really helpful. I’m on the fence with the ds923+. I am a heavy Plex user and some family members use my current server with transcoding outside my home, but I use an Apple TV 4K and mostly do direct play myself. I have fast upload speeds, so maybe since I’ll be able to connect this over Ethernet, it’ll be fast enough for any family members to also direct play. The overall faster CPU and potentially faster Ethernet ports seem like nice upgrades over the 920+. Decisions, decisions. Thanks again for the info! I’ve been following your videos over the last couple of months as I’ve been trying to narrow down my choices for a new, first NAS.
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    55. Short answer is no. This NAS is a fine file server, but way over priced. For less money you can get a Terra or Asustor and get the same performance. If you wanted to go prosumer, QNAP really is the only way to go. I went with 453E and it works extremely well and is just amazing in all that it can do. Sadly Synology is going very cheap to bump bottom line and is focusing on file serving.
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    56. I bought the Asustor Lokerstor Gen 2 4 bay and it’s really fast. I even enabled to generate frames in Plex and it did that flawlessly while downloading data with download manager and watching a movie.
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    57. Thank you for saving people from big purchasing mistakes! When I saw it didn’t have an Intel CPU, I thought about Plex Transcoding performance immediately. I would like to see benchmark comparison with the DS920+ for Plex performance…please ????
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    58. For Plex users that still need to transcode I think the best option would be just to use the DS923+ as a file server . Pick up an 8th gen or newer intel NUC for transcoding duties and point the folder share to the DS923+ where your Plex media would be stored.
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    59. Can I have a TLDW? Buy 923 or 920? 923 has ECC, more energy consumption and faster clock speed. So 920 right? For having more dedicated cores and more importantly that sweeet sweet transcoding action

      Edit: I cant wait for the upgraded models for 1622+ 1622xs+. Would it be alright to expect them to release these in a years time or are these already new?
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    60. Noticed this on Synology’s website on the DS923+ product page “Synology SNV3400 series M.2 NVMe SSD drives can be installed through the built-in M.2 slots to enable SSD caching or create SSD storage pools”. This does look like Synology will enable NVME will be allowed for storage pools.
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    61. Thank you very much for your video and your invested efforts!

      Could you tell me, with how many tablets/mobile phones could you use to access and watch videos on the NAS from the Internet?
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    62. On the RAM front, I’ve been running my 920+ with 20GB RAM (Timetec 16GB stick installed) for months without an issue. Other things will be a bottleneck before the RAM for me. When I had just the basic 4GB, RAM was being fully utilised for some operations but 20GB I’ve never seen pushed. At least when I’ve checked.
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    63. You can already turn the NVMEs into a storage pool. Pretty straightforward as RAID1, and a gamechanger for putting things like Plex or Docker directly on that NVME storage pool. Blazing fast!
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    64. Always, thank you for great video sharing. I just bought my 920+ last week, upgrade from ds214play . After compare and found the new features offer in 923+ is just not what really need the wait.
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    65. Eddie was right on the button! this is a low level business NAS, rather than a Mid/high level SOHO/Prosumer user! Big pass for me. I so much wanted to upgrade next year! Not happening for me now with this model, I’ll stick with my 918 for now, no way going to Qnap (just because of DSM, but for how much longer?).
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    66. Hi, I am in the same kind of situation like most of the comments here. HW wise I would buy one of the Qnap TVS-h74 series.
      But due to the continuous ransomware attacks on especially Qnap I tend more and more to Synology. But how loooong to wait for a Synology with similar HW specs like Qnap. And I do not like at Synology, that they (similar the brand with the Apple) try to push the customers to buy their expensive HW, looking at drives, etc…
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    67. Im looking for a compatible 10gbe network card for this NAS. Would you be able to provide a model # / link for it? I see Qnap says that QNAP QXG-10G1T is but it’s a PCIe gen3x4 and the ts-464 has a gen3x2. Would that affect the speed?
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    68. Mr. Robbie have a weird question with the new 13gen intel cpu being backwards compatible with 12gen. Could you swap out the i5 in this new Qnap Nas for one of the new 13gen CPU’s?
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    69. Anyone installed the app on mobile phone for this device.?
      I’m trying to do this after following the full guidelines on setup , and for over 24 hrs I’m trying to add to my phone and see the Nas, but can’t login.
      On my Pc and sharing on my network is ok, i can see and connect, but once I’m open my app on phone, i can’t login.
      I’m using my user name and password,but on last option said,, PLEASE INPUT TNAS ADDRESS “. That’s the problem i just can’t understand,what do i need to add there.
      Any help or advice will be really appreciated.

      Thank you
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    70. Now I am trying to decide between the TVS-h674 with 1.5 Intel core or the Synology Ds1621xs+, the reason why is due to the recent ransomware attacks to qnap, just for that I am more towards Synology but this Qnap is unbelievable amazing in hardware future proof, the qnap ransomware attacks can be prevented if the user use all the available tools to protect the nas?, what is the safest option bet both, and what is the be option for streaming videos 1080p o 4k using the internet with no lag using wifi connection? Any help ???? thanks for all your videos
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    71. I enjoyed this video. The five good points were all well made. But frankly I feel you’re clutching at straws if your downsides are that it’s in a plastic chassis or that the extra PCIe slot is only 2 lane when most NASs don’t have one at all. Same with the nvme slots – by the time you include OS overhead on clicks and the fact that you always have to do something else whilst downloading large files even if you’re getting these things delivered by a true file server, in 2022 and over the way Synology doesn’t give you any options on what to do with the slots except use them for cacheing, I think their presence at all is very much better than their absence.

      These days, with the TS-464 only 60 quid or so more expensive than the last generation, it’s an easy choice. Well done for trying to find faults with it and erm… not doing so well! 🙂
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    72. OMG – what a beast of a range…. If nothing else, with these bad boys coming out I’d expect some stonking Black Friday deals on the x72 ranges. 4 years since they came out and QNAP have not disappointed with the new range (except maybe the TVS-h474 processor – but the TVS-472 went from PT to i3 & i5, so maybe the same will happen with the TVS-h474 ?) Definitely worth waiting a couple of months if looking for a new super fast NAS.
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    73. Here is info i got from QNAP

      Thank you for your inquiry.
      TVS-h674-i5-32G-US MSRP $1,999 and TVS-h674-i3-16G-US MSRP $1,699 are in the new price-book and orderable now.
      They are not yet in stock so I expect around a 2-4 week ETA if you order.
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    74. The TVS-hx74 units are now showing on the US website, so a release must not be far off. Funny the TS-x64 models still aren’t on the US website despite being previewed months ago. Personally leaning toward the TVS-h674-i5 for my very first NAS, although the one box it doesn’t tick is ECC memory. Still wondering if I need that to complete the entire data integrity circuit. (Applications will be file server, Plex server, surveillance, and Time Machine backups.) Makes me wonder if I should get the TS-673A instead. Decisions, decisions…
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    75. The fact that 10GbE is limited the highest end model is absolute rubbish. The older TVS-472XT along with the 672/872X and XT variants all have 10GbE builtin by default. I see QNap is taking a page from Synology’s playbook with their DS1522+ NAS, via forcing end users to buy a custom 10GbE add-in card for a feature that should’ve been standard in the first place. Then there’s the slap in the face that is the TVS-h474’s M.2 slots being limited to PCIe Gen3x2 while the other two variants have full fat Gen4x4 for their M.2 slots. If the TVS-h474 came equipped with an i3 – better yet – an i5 CPU then they could insure feature set parity without needless segmentation. If they’re going to sell this at a HIGH PRICE, then it should come with HIGH SPECS from the start.
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    76. I’m looking for a NAS to replace my Drobo 5N. The QNAP TVS-h674 looks interesting (depending on price) the other one I am considering is the QNAP TS-h973AX-8G.
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    77. Synology could take a leaf out of Qnap’s book when it comes to hardware specs. Qnap could take a leaf out of Synology’s book when it comes to software (SHR) and system security.
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    78. I was thinking while watching this, the specs are very impressive, better than my custom 5-bay build around an X10SDV with 64GB of ECC RDIMMs. However if you need to go up to the high end for 10G, and that high end is in the 3K range, I don’t think I’ll be considering an upgrade any time soon. 3.0 -> 4.0 and +3 native bays aren’t worth tripling the price for me.
      Good product but I hope they reconsider the price and maybe make a version with a Pentium/Celeron that still packs 10G. It’s not like those chips can’t handle it.
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    79. New Reports of Deadbolt Ransomware Attacks on QNAP NAS via Photo Station. It would appear that the Deadbolt ransomware attack that has been a persistent pain for QNAP (and other NAS brands) in 2022 continues to remain current, with new reports emerging of further attacks on NAS systems in September 2022. Find out more on this HERE – https://nascompares.com/news/qnap-nas-attacked-by-deadbolt-again-what-happened/
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    80. Dull packaging? Good! I don’t need to be entertained by the box my gear comes in. Entertainment comes after it’s installed. Packaging needs to tell me what’s inside if it’s a spare sitting on the shelf waiting to be used, and protect the stuff inside. That’s it.
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    81. Thanks for all the helpful content.
      Quick question
      Even though you state it is not noisy.
      Can the fan be swapped for something higher end, maybe a Noctua fan AND is the motherboard PWM adjustable?
      Thanks again for your time and effort
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    82. the value proposition to me from terramaster, is low cost basic option for NAS. As someone else mentioned who bother’s with the vendor provided apps.
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    83. Great to see. The more competent competition the better. Keep Qnap and Synology on their toes 🙂
      Not that this is a “Synology Killer” I certainly hope it wakes them up!
      If Synology doesn’t have competitive x22/x23 models before the end of the year they are going to have a notable gap in both their new and returning customer base.
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    84. Can you PLEASE mount your mic off the desk. Every time you move it sounds like someone hitting a bass drum and adds so much unnecessary noise to your audio.
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    85. Nice review, as always! I really wish the microphone was not mechanically coupled to the desk. Every time something is moved on the desk, a nasty rumbling noise distracts me from what you’re actually saying. Never mind if I’m just overly sensitive with the musician/sound engineer part in me and the fact that I’m listening through decent headphones. In either case, thank you for the great job.
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    86. I suspect that one thing that keeps their costs down and upgrade timeline moving faster is that they don’t have the relatively huge array of apps to update like Synology and QNAP. I have a NAS made by all three of these companies and Terramaster’s app selection is far smaller. But it does have a few really good ones like cloud sync for Google Drive and Onedrive. They are also far simpler and therefore easier to use although there are a few places where you need to guess what to do next when using them. But, overall, for people with more basic needs, the Terramaster will be great and far less painful to setup.
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