New 2022 Generation Terramaster F2-423 NAS Drive Coming Soon
Terramaster continues to flesh out their x423 series with, perhaps, the most interesting entry yet – the new F2-423. Arriving as the follow up to the F2-422, 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 F2-423 and what it has to offer NAS users in 2022.
Hardware Specifications of the Terramaster F2-423 NAS
The hardware specifications of the F2-423, especially for the price point compared with their bigger rivals Synology and QNAP, are 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 Model||Intel® Celeron® N5105/N5095|
|Processor Architecture||X.86 64-bit|
|Processor Frequency||Quad Core 2.0 GHz (Max burst up to 2.9 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|
|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.|
|Disk Slot Number||2|
|Compatible Drive types||3.5″ SATA HDD|
|2.5″ SATA HDD|
|2.5″ SATA SSD|
|Maximum Internal Raw Storage Capacity||40TB (20TB x 2) (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.|
|External Drive||EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+|
|RJ-45 2.5GbE Network Jack||2|
|USB Port||2 (Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2 ( 10Gb/s))|
|M.2 NVMe Slot||2 (PCIe3.0 x1)|
|Size||227 x 119 x 133 mm|
|Packaging Size||258 x 220 x 170 mm|
|Weight||Net Weight: 1.5 Kg Gross Weight: 2.4 Kg|
|System Fan||80 mm x 80 mm x25mm 1 pcs|
|Fan Mode||Smart, High speed, Middle speed, Low speed|
|Noise Level||26.4 dB(A) (Fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in idle state)|
|AC Input Voltage||100V – 240V AC|
|Current Frequency||50/60 Hz, single frequency|
|Power Consumption||22.1 W (Fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in read/write state)|
|11.4 W (Fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in hibernation)|
|Limited warranty||2 years|
What is really impressive about the new F2-423 NAS compared against older generation Terramster desktop servers is that this system ALSO includes 2x M.2 NVMe SSD bays. That means that this 2 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-264 (minus the PCIe Upgrade slot) and Asustor Lockerstor 2 Gen 2 (though only having 2x NVMe, not 4x NVMe). We are still waiting to see what the Synology offering for the 2-Bay 2022 generation will include (perhaps the Synology DS722+ or DS723+ will surprise us), but right now, this $379/£339/€379 NAS drive has ALOT of bang for your buck in the hardware department. Let’s take a look at the software that the F2-423 NAS includes.
Software Specifications of the Terramaster F2-423 NAS
The TerraMaster F2-423 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 F2-423 NAS – Price & Release Date
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