QNAP Introduces the Versatile TBS-h574TX NAS: Now Available in Both i3 and i5 Configurations

Taiwan-based tech giant, QNAP, is back at the forefront of the NAS domain, unveiling its dynamic and versatile TBS-h574TX NAS solution. In a move that showcases QNAPā€™s commitment to diversity and user preferences, this powerhouse NAS is now available with the choice of either an i3 or an i5 processor.

The Power of Choice
The TBS-h574TX NAS underscores QNAPā€™s vision of providing tailored solutions to its diverse user base. Hereā€™s a deep dive into both configurations:

TBS-h574TX-i5-16G: The more powerful of the two, this version is geared towards those looking for top-tier performance. Powered by the 13th Generation IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ i5-1340PE processor, with a total of 12 cores and an onboard memory of 16GB, itā€™s designed for high-intensity tasks. Its graphical capabilities are further bolstered by the inclusion of IntelĀ® IrisĀ® Xe Graphics, capable of supporting up to four displays simultaneously.

TBS-h574TX-i3-12G: Offering a balanced blend of power and efficiency, this variant houses the 13th Generation IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ i3-1320PE processor. With 8 cores and 12GB of system memory, it promises consistent performance. Graphics needs are taken care of by the IntelĀ® UHD Graphics for 13th Gen processors.

 

TBS-h574TX-i5-16G Specifications:

  • CPU: IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ i5-1340PE with 12 cores (4 performance cores + 8 efficiency cores) and 16 threads, with a max turbo frequency of up to 4.50GHz.
  • Architecture: 64-bit x86.
  • Graphics: IntelĀ® IrisĀ® Xe Graphics eligible.
  • System Memory: 16 GB on board (non-expandable).
    • Storage:
    • Flash Memory: 5 GB (dual-boot OS protection).
    • Hard Drive Slots: 5 x E1.S (up to 15mm) with PCIe Gen3 x2. Supports M.2 2280 via a pre-installed adapter for each slot.
    • Supported Hard Drive Types: E1.S or M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe.
    • Networking:
    • 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port: 1
    • 10 Gigabit Ethernet port: 1 x 10GBASE-T with multiple speed support.
    • Ports & Connectivity:
    • Thunderbolt: 2 (Thunderboltā„¢ 4).
    • USB 2.0: 1
    • USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps): 2
    • HDMIā„¢ output: 1 (HDMIā„¢ 1.4b).
  • Design: Set-top box design with status, USB copy, and SSD LED indicators.
  • Dimensions: 215 Ɨ 199 Ɨ 60 mm.
  • Weight: 2.24kg.
  • Temperature & Humidity: Operates between 0 ā€“ 40Ā°C with a storage temperature between -20 ā€“ 70Ā°C. Humidity is between 5-95% RH (non-condensing).
  • Power Supply: 120W Adapter (12VDC output, 100-240VAC input).
  • Cooling: System fan (2 x 40mm) and CPU fan (1 x 75mm).
  • Alert: Buzzer for system alerts.
  • Max Connections (CIFS): Up to 1500 connections with maximum memory.

There is also another model, the TBS-h574TX-i3-12G, which has these key differences:

  • CPU: IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ i3-1320PE with 8 cores (4 performance cores + 4 efficiency cores) and 12 threads.
  • Graphics: IntelĀ® UHD Graphics for 13th Gen IntelĀ® Processors.
  • System Memory: 12 GB on board (non-expandable).

 

 

TBS-h574TX-i3-12G Specifications:

  • CPU: IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ i3-1320PE with 8 cores (4 performance cores + 4 efficiency cores) and 12 threads. Maximum turbo frequency of up to 4.50GHz.
  • Architecture: 64-bit x86.
  • Graphics: IntelĀ® UHD Graphics for 13th Gen IntelĀ® Processors.
  • System Memory: 12 GB on board (non-expandable).
    • Storage:
    • Flash Memory: 5 GB (for dual-boot OS protection).
    • Hard Drive Slots: 5 x E1.S slots (up to 15mm) with PCIe Gen3 x2 connectivity. Additionally, a pre-installed adapter to support M.2 2280 SSDs for each slot.
    • Supported Hard Drive Types: E1.S or M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe.
    • Networking:
    • 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port: 1
    • 10 Gigabit Ethernet port: 1 x 10GBASE-T with varied speed support.
    • Ports & Connectivity:
    • Thunderbolt: 2 ports (Thunderboltā„¢ 4).
    • USB 2.0: 1 port
    • USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps): 2 ports
    • HDMIā„¢ output: 1 port (HDMIā„¢ 1.4b compatibility).
    • Design & Physical Attributes:
    • Set-top box design.
    • LED indicators for status, USB copy, and SSDs 1-5.
    • Buttons for status, USB copy, and reset.
    • Dimensions: 215 Ɨ 199 Ɨ 60 mm.
    • Weight: 2.24kg.
    • Environmental & Operating Conditions:
    • Operating Temperature: 0 ā€“ 40 Ā°C (32Ā°F ā€“ 104Ā°F).
    • Storage Temperature: -20 ā€“ 70 Ā°C (-4Ā°F ā€“ 158Ā°F).
    • Humidity: 5-95% RH (non-condensing) with a wet bulb temperature of 27ĖšC (80.6ĖšF).
  • Power: 120W Adapter with 12VDC output and 100-240VAC input.
  • Cooling: System fans (2 x 40mm) and a CPU fan (1 x 75mm).
  • Alerts: Buzzer system alert.
  • Network Performance: Can handle up to 1500 simultaneous CIFS connections given maximum memory.

 

 

Letā€™s compare the key specifications of these two processors:

IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ i3-1320PE:

  • Price: $312.00
  • Cores/Threads: 8 Cores (4 Performance-cores + 4 Efficient-cores) / 12 Threads
  • Base Frequency: 1.70 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.50 GHz
  • Cache: 12 MB IntelĀ® Smart Cache
  • Processor Base Power: 28 W
  • Graphics: IntelĀ® UHD Graphics for 13th Gen IntelĀ® Processors
  • Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency: 1.20 GHz
  • Execution Units: 48

IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ i5-1340PE:

  • Price: $315.00
  • Cores/Threads: 12 Cores (4 Performance-cores + 8 Efficient-cores) / 16 Threads
  • Base Frequency: 1.80 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.50 GHz
  • Cache: 12 MB IntelĀ® Smart Cache
  • Processor Base Power: 28 W
  • Graphics: IntelĀ® IrisĀ® Xe Graphics eligible
  • Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency: 1.35 GHz
  • Execution Units: 80

Key Differences:

  • Price: The i5 variant is slightly more expensive by $3.
  • Cores & Threads: The i5 variant has more cores and threads compared to the i3.
  • Base Frequency: The i5 variant has a slightly higher base frequency.
  • Graphics: The i5 variant comes with a better graphics subsystem (IntelĀ® IrisĀ® Xe) compared to the i3 variant.
  • Execution Units: The i5 variant has more execution units, implying better graphical capabilities.

Considering the specifications, the i5-1340PE offers a better performance-to-price ratio with enhanced core count, a superior graphics unit, and more execution units for slightly more money. Depending on the application, this can translate into better multitasking and graphical capabilities. It would be the better choice for users looking for higher performance in both computational and graphical tasks, provided the $3 price difference is not a constraint.

 

Unified Design and Features
Regardless of your processor choice, the TBS-h574TX offers:

Space for 5 hard drives, compatible with E1.S or M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe. Each slot is facilitated by a pre-installed adapter for M.2 2280 compatibility.
Ample connectivity options including Thunderbolt 4 ports, 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port.
A sleek set-top box design with dimensions at 215 Ɨ 199 Ɨ 60 mm and a weight of 2.24kg.

 

Purpose and Design:

Targeted at film shooting scenes, small audio-visual studios, small-scale production teams, and SOHO.
Combines high-speed transmission I/O and powerful IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ processor.
Offers extremely fast online editing, large file transfer, conversion, and backup for MacĀ® or WindowsĀ® creators.
Key Features:

E1.S to M.2 interface adapter card for 5 E1.S or M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs.
M.2 SSD hot-swappable without downtime and conditional automatic data migration.
Dual-port Thunderboltā„¢ 4 providing 20Gbps high-speed editing of 4K video.
13th generation IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ processor with hybrid architecture.
2.5GbE and 10GbE for faster large-scale transmission.
Dual-port USB 3.2 Gen 2, offering up to 10Gbps data access.
Model choices include TBS-h574TX-i3-12G and TBS-h574TX-i5-16G.
Storage and Cloud:

Supports pre-production storage of RAW files and post-production archival.
myQNAPcloud Storage offers remote access, synchronization, and sharing of data.
Portability & Flexibility:

Lightweight with five built-in SSD slots.
Built-in E1.S to M.2 interface adapter card for choosing between M.2 SSD or E1.S SSD.
M.2 SSD supports smaller size but is easy to obtain. E1.S SSD has higher capacity but harder availability.
Performance & Safety:

Excellent cooling system with dual fans and optional SSD heat sink.
Power failure protection mechanism.
Dual-port Thunderboltā„¢ 4 ports for 20Gbps high-speed data transmission.
High transmission performance with up to 3082 MB/s write and 2876 MB/s read.
Connectivity & Expansion:

2.5GbE / 10GbE ports for multi-person collaboration.
USB 3.2 Gen 2 for faster material import and export.
Capacity expansion with QNAP USB DAS TR-004 or USB JBOD TL-D800C.
Design & Processor:

Stylish metal body with excellent heat dissipation. Compact design.
13th generation IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ processor with performance-core and efficiency-core.
Usage Scenarios:

Pre-production: Supports DIT roles with high-speed import, RAW file saving, HDMIā„¢ playback, and Thunderboltā„¢ 4 port on-site editing.
Post-production: Offers collaboration features like Thunderboltā„¢ 4 and 10GbE network ports.
Remote collaboration: Uses hot-swappable SSDs for physical data exchange.
Video Performance:

Built-in IntelĀ® GPU for video conversion and graphics.
HDMIā„¢ output for 4K @30Hz video quality.
Partnerships & Services:

Partnered with Adobe.
Compatible with Roon music streaming service.
Operating System & Durability:

 

Uses QuTS hero with ZFS file system.
Features include self-healing data, Checksum for data detection, and QSAL for SSD protection.

Wrapping Up
The TBS-h574TX NAS by QNAP, with its dual CPU choices, sets a new benchmark in the realm of personalized storage solutions. Itā€™s not just a product; itā€™s an affirmation of QNAPā€™s dedication to user-centric innovation.

Keep an eye out on NAS Compares as weā€™ll be diving into hands-on reviews and performance analysis of both configurations in the upcoming days!

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