My goal is:
Storage solution for personal files, Storage solution for Plex, Capable of handling transcoding to 1-3 people simultaneously
(rarely do my family and I overlap watching plex, but it has happened – and I want to accommodate that possibility, however rare)
My original plan was just to buy the QNAP TVS-882, but the price kept me from making the purchase. After researching, it seems like a NAS as a “be all end all” solution isn’t wise anyway, without spending thousands of pounds.
So, my plan changed ;
Pick up a Dell PowerEdge R210 II with a E3-1240 V2 processor to handling Plex transcoding, docker, VMs, etc.
Pick up a QNAP TS-932X-2G and just use it to store the files.
What’s confusing me now is the QNAP TS-932X-2G. Who is it for? Why is it so much cheaper than other QNAP NAS’ with less bays. Is it just the CPU?
It all depends on video files you want to stream or transcode. If it is just 1080p, then you would be fine with TS-x53B /Be series. If you plan on transcoding 4K, then Dell with Xeon CPU will do a better job. But gues Qnap x82 series with i5 or i7 will perform better because they come with hardware transcoding function built in. This will result in CPU usage around just 20-30% (instead of 90-100). But if transcoding will be the only thing happening- you may as well save some money and get Xeon solution with software transcoding.
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