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This review is from: QNAP TS-469L-US Diskless System High-performance 4-bay NAS Server for SMBs
Pros: First and foremost, I will say that if you want a great NAS, this is it. For home, I couldn't be happier except for one or two things. I bought this on Black Friday from a competitor for $150 off what Newegg offered (wasn't on sale), but it's the same price now more or less everywhere. I would have preferred NE if I had the choice.
Ease to setup, packed with features, the cloud apps work perfect. I love the interface over Synology. I have only been able to make it chug twice. It is quiet in my HTPC area. It does its job well.
HD Station is a GREAT tool, but could be better if there was a Plex player app. You need to upgrade ram if you want to use Chrome to the fullest extent, but it otherwise works well. I LOVE the remote control app.
The Photo Station app is incredibly useful for my 100GB+ archive of photos. It does tagging, albums, etc well. Could be a touch faster/more optimized for performance.
Cons: My only complaint is not so much the NAS's fault. You simply can't transcode 1080P or 720P video in Plex. It just won't happen. The CPU maxes out on ffmpeg process. I also can't figure out how to kill a process other than to SSH or full restart. They need to add that option or make it more apparent. The CPU is not enough for transcode. I am using redundant Plex servers through the house instead on traditional desktop hardware.
Would have been nice to have 4 ports for ethernet because I saturate the 2 with 5 people and 20 connected devices. It's not noticeable unless we all are doing large file transfers at the same time.
You need more ram. At idle with services turned off, you already utilize 50% of the memory. Plex scans and Chrome will chew through your ram. Upgrade to 3GB. My current config uses 60-70% utilization on average, but I removed Plex.
The download manager needs to be able to connect through a proper FTP connection so I can just browse and download. I have to use a workaround otherwise.
Time machine backups are limited to 1 for all I can see. I was hoping to have multiple for the several Macs in the house, but only I really care about backups so it doesn't matter that much.
It takes 5 minutes to go from reboot to ready. This may be just initializing the RAID.
Other Thoughts: All in all, at $500 + the 4x3TB WD REDs (purchased from Newegg) turns out to about $1k. I don't consider it a bad investment. It is chockfull of features, and is a decent enough performer.
I had a cheap Synology for a while. Dual core atom is the bare minimum I would suggest. I really want to get a more powerful unit when money allows and I need space. I currently have 7.4TB free on my RAID 5. No rush as of yet.
For $650 it is a better bargain than the Pro version. Unless you really need an LCD and locking trays, this is the way to go. The new models may be a touch better, but if there is a significant difference in price, I'd suggest this one.
Pros: A beast of a case. It's monolithic and something I'd be proud to have on my desk. Corsair has put a lot of work into designing this case, and it is by far the first case to be "perfect" in my opinion. Sure it's not aluminum, but who brings a full tower to a LAN party anyway?
Cons: Use Fedex even if your wallet is hurting. UPS is horrible.
Other Thoughts: After researching the upcoming EVGA 4-way SLI motherboard issue, I can tell you that it is physically possible to make full use of this board in this case. If you search youtube for this case, you'll find a few videos of a Corsair employee demonstrate the features of the case. One of the key points he lists is the air holes cut out below expansion slots on the case.
The video has a three way SLI setup with the third card's DVI ports in the 7th slot and the air cooler passing behind the air holes fully mounted. The only difference between that setup and the new EVGA 4-way motherboard is that the EVGA has 8 full length PCI express slots. The demonstration motherboard had two expansion slots before the first PCIe x16 slot.
Don't think you can't put 4 double-wide long video cards in here because you can't see an 8th expansion slot on the case. Those air holes below the expansion slots aren't there for looks.