I have taken your advice onboard and are now upgrading my network to 10gbe. My question today is regarding qnap ts 963x (or equiv 9 bay from them) as a photographer and video editor I feel this is the nas for me due to the nas having 10gbe built in (1 less 10gbe thing to buy) along with plenty of options for storage configurations and ssd caching. My question is more relating to Plex. I understand that you need a decent cpu for transcoding to enable watching content when out and about, but what about when Im at home. Can the nas play my 1080 films direct to my tv via my pc without problems. My pc is connected to my 4k tv as I don’t use a monitor. Everything is thru the 1 screen. My pc is an i7 8700k with 32gb ram and gtx 1080ti for gpu. I know my hardware is more than capable (because plex works fine now) but I want all my media stored on the nas. Im doing away with hdd’s in the pc and only have nvme storage for OS as your videos have already demonstrated that a nas is more than capable of video editing directly from it.
I would like the nas to effectively be my home media server using plex, I’m not really fussed about transcoding the files when Im out of the home as thats what netflix is for 😉
I get a little lost along the way when you say this wont work with plex transcoding when reviewing. I seriously need a nas to sort out my storage woes but this plex business is confusing me.
Yes, 10GbE is the way forward. We can see everyone upgrading their networks and manufacturers creating 10g enabled hardware. Qnap innovative virtual switch can even let you create a little network without a real switch. The alternative models released by qnap at the same time are 32x and 51x series (comparison). Many people choose 51x because it features transcoding engine, which is great for keeping CPU low even during video conversion process. The 63x series are very similar performance-wise featuring AMD processor.
You can stream 1080p and even 4K videos in your local network, there is no requirement for a powerful CPU. Even if you do need transcoding, you can set up network storage attached to your i7 PC running Plex.