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QNAP’s Budget Thunderbolt NAS Gets Quad-Core CPU And 10 GbE Adapter

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The 4-bay QNAP TS-453BT3 is a Thunderbolt NAS designed for performance minded creatives on a budget, and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Celeron Apollo Lake processor and 8 GB of DDR3L RAM.

The NAS provides access to its storage via its two Thunderbolt 3 ports, or over the network via its single 10 GbE connection – two additional GbE ports are also built into the chassis.

For storage media, TS-453BT3 supports 3.5” or 2.5” HDDs or SSDs, and has dual M.2 2280 SSD slots for caching. Expanding the Thunderbolt NAS is also possible using QNAP expansion enclosures. Other interfaces include five USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI 1.4b outputs, and audio connections for line-out, microphones, and speakers (note: speakers and line-out don’t work simultaneously).

The TS-453BT3 uses QNAP's QTS 4.3 NAS operating system, which includes the QNAP App Center, allowing customers to extend the NAS’ functionality with downloaded apps. Additional controls for the TS-453BT3 come in the form of a built-in OLED panel/touch-sensitive buttons, and a remote control.

Available now, QNAP’s TS-453BT3 NAS has an MSRP of $999.00 – drives not included.
Thunderbolt is nice but the price :O . If one made it by themselves, bought the thunderbolt cards and NICs i wonder if it would be cheaper.
Not to mention that you can use much better hardware too (like ryzen and recent intels with built in m.2 on the board as well).

Then it comes down to software, QNAP QTS vs all the other x86 OSes there are such as freeNAS and your typical desktop OS like linux and windows.
Form Factor, Software, and Support. Tha t s what you are paying the premium for.
You may not like to hear this, but the support and reliability on QNAP is terrible for critical NAS/RAID use. My friend (20+ NASes professional use, 24/7 use) has several different QNAP models fail on software level. No hardware failures, no memory issues, disks are 100% fine and tested/swapped.

In one instance his total RAID failed. In another instance a full sub-directory just vanished before his eyes as he was browsing the dir tree.

He contacted QNAP, who did remote login, checked around, found nothing and the the recommendation they gave: reformate your array and start filling from scratch.

Yes, RAID is not backup. It is even less realiable 24/7 system than Asustor and that is saying a lot.

The brands he has used are QNAP, Synology, Buffalo, Asustor, Thecus, Drobo, self-built and Netgear.

Yes, with Asustor and Buffalo you are basically on your own (near zero support).

However, with QNAP you are paying for support that is near non-existent and you will need it.

Thecus and Synology tech support and the realibility of the models (not drives!) he has used from them is on a totally different level.

So, buyer beware. YMMV.
Been using QNAP for years 4-bay raid 5 setup and never had a failure on any unit I have owned.

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